Laysan Duck

Anas laysanensis

Order

ANSERIFORMES

Family

Ducks, Geese and Swans (Anatidae)

Code 4

LAYD

Code 6

ANALAY

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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CONSERVATION STATUS

Critically Endangered

The Laysan Duck has a very small population, endemic only to the island of Laysan in the Hawaiian Islands. This bird prefers ecological systems such as Subtropical or Tropical Dry Shrublands and Coastal Marine areas such as salt lagoons and marine lakes. The population of the bird has fluctuated wildly in recent years, and was last estimated to be only about 700 to 800 birds in 2007. The Laysan Duck, because of both its small and fluctuating population and small habitat, has an IUCN Red List status of critically endangered despite the fact that the population is currently increasing.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Laysan Duck: Also called Laysan Teal and endemic to Laysan Island, is brown with patches of white feathers around eye, green-glossed head and neck with variable white feathers. Speculum may appear green, purple, or blue. Dark gray bill with variable black markings. Dull orange legs and feet.

 

Range and Habitat

Laysan Duck: Endemic only to Laysan Island, they prefer land and mud flats but do spend some time in shallow water. They were once near extinction, but the population has now stabilized at approximately 600 birds. About 100 birds have been introduced to Midway Atoll in hopes of establishing a new colony.

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Laysan Duck SONGS AND CALLS

Laysan Duck G1

"Seep" calls from a small flock.

Laysan Duck G2

Calls from a pair.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"kwek-kwek-kwek"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Laysan Duck is sometimes called the Laysan Teal due to its small size.
  • In 1912 the population consisted of 7 adults and 5 juveniles on Laysan Island. Today there are around 650 individuals.
  • 42 ducks were relocated to Midway Atoll in 2004 and 2005 in an effort to have a second population in the wild. There are now over 100 ducks living there.
  • A group of ducks has many collective nouns, including a "brace", "flush", "paddling", "raft", and "team" of ducks.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

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Author

Crystal Adams

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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