Birds of Colombia

    ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, Swans)  
Genus: Merganetta (1 species, 1 worldwide)

Torrent Duck
Torrent Duck (Merganetta armata colombiana) Male
Photograph by Juan Antonio Ocampo Wilches   © All Rights Reserved.

Torrent Duck
Torrent Duck (Merganetta armata colombiana) Female
OtĂșn Quimbaya Wildlife Sanctuary, Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia  
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Found in fast moving Andean streams over 1500m, where powerful legs let them swim against strong currents. Races in northern South America are lighter than races in southern South America.

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