African White Backed
African White Backed Duck (Thalaassornis leuconotous).
We have 1 pair (unrelated)
The White Backed are kept in the aviary along with the avocets for a couple of reasons.
Like the Avocets they like mixed millet and the insectivorous food, but importantly they like aquatic plants and it is easier to supply aquatic plants in a smaller area.
These birds have a dumpy body with large heads and it is difficult to tell the male from the female.
Nesting any time of the year in dense vegetation the clutch size is from 4- 9 coffee brown eggs with both male and female taking it in turn to incubate ( approx 29-33 days)
They seem very at home with the Avocets and Hottentots and have never displayed any aggression
I have to admit to these birds being my favourite.