Adult males have a chestnut body, a blue bill and a black head. Adult females have a grey-brown body, with a dark grey bill and a dark brown crown, nape and cheek stripe. It is a small (48?51 cm) long African stiff-tailed duck.

Habitat and Distribution

Its breeding habitat is shallow fresh waters, and it is also found in brackish and saline lakes in winter. This duck breeds in two main areas: eastern Africa from Sudan and Ethiopia to Tanzania and west to eastern Zaire, and southern Africa from Zimbabwe to Cape Province, South Africa.