Are Freckled Ducks Nocturnal

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Subject: Are Freckled Ducks Nocturnal
From: "Jim Davis" <>
Date: Tue, 29 Feb 2000 01:02:33 -0800
Hello to all:

   In a book I am reading the author states that Freckled Ducks (S. naevosa)
feed at night because that is when the duck's food becomes available.  The
author, however, fails to identify the food source.  Unfortunately, none of
my in house references are of any help to confirm the author's statement.
I have two questions for the Birding-Aus group?

1)  Are Freckled Ducks nocturnal?

2)  What do they eat other than aquatic algae and invertebrates?

I am making a list of desert-dwelling birds that feed at night other than
owls and nightjars.  I have four species if I include the Freckle Duck.

Cheers, Jim

Dr Wm. James Davis, Editor
Interpretive Birding Bulletin

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