The Philippine Duck is a large dabbling duck of the genus Anas. It is endemic to the Philippines. Overhunting and habitat loss has contributed to its decline As few as 5,000 may remain.
Appearance: – The Philippine Duck has a greyish-brown plumage, a black crown, nape, and eye stripe, rusty-cinnamon head and neck, brown eyes, bluish-grey beak with black tip, a bright green speculum, white under-wing, and greyish brown legs and feet. Both sexes are alike.
Size: – Typical Adult is 19-23 inches.
Food: – Fish, shrimp, molluscs, crustaceans, insects, and aquatic vegetation.
Habitat: – Freshwater and saltwater wetlands including streams, lakes, marshes, swamps, mangroves, and coastal water. It is endemic to the Philippines and can be found on all the larger islands.
Breeding Season: – Between March and November.
Eggs: – 8 to 10 (pale green color).
Notes: – This Duck is a large dabbling duck endemic to the south pacific in the Philippine Islands. It is listed as ‘Vulnerable’ as the population has declined due to extensive hunting and habitat loss.
The different types of wild ducks can be grouped into puddle, aka “dabbling” and diving ducks. The dabblers mostly feed in smaller bodies of shallow water or along shorelines, where they are able to tip their bodies forward to reach their food on the bottom. There are divers who feed in deeper water where they dive and pursue their quarry. Some of these birds, the Harlequin Duck for example, actually dives to the bottom of fast-flowing waters and feeds on life forms attached to rocks.