HAWAIIAN DUCK (Anas wyvilliana)

HAWAIIAN DUCK (Anas wyvilliana)
HAWAIIAN DUCK (Anas wyvilliana)

Description: Ducks are typically plump and buoyant with webbed feet and waterproof feathers. The Hawaiian duck is a dark brown duck similar in appearance to the mallard but with orange legs. It has a limited range in the wetlands of a few of the Hawaiian Islands, including Kauai, where it is threatened by habitat degradation. This species is also being lost to hybridization.

IUCN Status: Endangered

USFWS Status: Endangered

Major Threats: Habitat degradation and hybridization

Habitat: Coastal swamps, freshwater ponds, bogs, forest swamps, streams and marshy areas

Location: Select Hawaiian islands, mainly Kauai and Niihau

Diet: Grass seeds and other vegetation, crustaceans, insects and nematodes