White-headed Duck

White-headed Duck

Dimensions: 8 in. x 8 in.
 
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White-headed Duck by Kathy Haycock
Species Info
Status: 
Endangered
Family: 
ANATIDAE
Order: 
ANSERIFORMES
Genus: 
Oxyura
Species: 
leucocephala
Population trend: 
decreasing
Authority: 
(Scopoli, 1769)
Common names (Spa): 
Malvasa
Medium: 
oil on canvas
Artist Statement: 
It is the male of this species native to Spain, North Africa and western/central Asia which has the distinctive blue beak. Both male and female have a distinctive long upright cocked tail. The population is challenged by habitat loss, hunting and interbreeding with the Ruddy Duck. Some conservation efforts are directed at eradicating the Ruddy Duck, an introduced species.