Hartlaub's Duck (Pteronetta hartlaubi)
- Dutch name:
- English name:
- Hartlaub's Duck
- German name:
- French name:
- Ptéronette de Hartlaub
- Scientific name:
- Pteronetta hartlaubi
Hartlaub's duck (Pteronetta hartlaubii hartlaubii)
The male has a black head and neck and Has a white patch between forehead and base of Bill, the Bill is black with a pinkish-white tip and black nail, the male's Bill can sometimes be swollen at the base during the breeding season, reddish-brown eyes, a chestnut-brown body, the tail, rump, and upper wing are olive-brown, the upperwing coverts are blue, and the legs and feet are a dark yellow-brown.
Hartlaub's duck Eastern Race (Pteronetta hartlaubii albifrons)
The male has a black head and neck and Has a white patch between forehead and base of Bill, The albifrons race has white chin also has white that extends from the crown into the lore’s back past the eyes into the nape. It almost could be called the white headed Hartlaub’s Duck. The Bill is black with a pinkish-white tip and black nail, the male's Bill can sometimes be swollen at the base during the breeding season, reddish-brown eyes, a chestnut-brown body, the tail, rump, and upper wing are olive-brown, the upperwing coverts are blue, and the legs and feet are a dark yellow-brown.
Smaller and rarely has any white on head. Chestnut coloring on body plumage duller.
As adult female. But duller, pale straw-colored edgings to feathers of breast, flanks and belly producing light mottling effect. Bill paler then adult.
- Body Length (cm):
- The male (drake) of the Hartlaub's Duck measures approximately 56-58 centimeters. The female measures approximately 56-58 centimeters.
- Body Weight (grams):
- The male will weight about 680-910 gram. The female will weight about 680-910 gram.
The weight is notoriously variable and can only be used as indication!
- The female Hartlaub's Duck usually lays from 7-11 creamy white eggs and incubates them for 28-31 days.
- Artificial incubating:
The ideal relative humidity for incubating most waterfowl eggs is 55% (ground nesters) and 40% (cavity nesters). The temperature is usually 37.4°C. Set ventilation as recommended by the incubator manufacturer. Eggs must be turned, either automatically or by hand, a minimum of 4 times a day. As the duckling develops there is a loss of water from the egg and the air sac gets bigger. In normal development of an egg with a 28-31 days incubation, the air sac occupies about a third of it three days earlier. Cleanliness is vital and ideally eggs should be moved to a separate hatcher at this point, where the humidity should be increased to 65% and even higher once they have pipped internally.
- Bird banding:
- Recommended closed leg band ring size for the Hartlaub's Duck is 11 mm.The leg band ring can only be applied on a young dabbling duck at around 12 days old.
- It doesn't matter what leg that you band, but it's good to have a consistent system. Suggested: Left leg = Female, Right leg = Male
- Maintenance food:
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