Thursday, October 22, 2009

Itik gunung, part 3 of 5 duck stamp series.

Itik Gunung or Salvadorina waigiuensis is small duck, 43 cm in length, unobtrusive, shy and perhaps nocturnal habits. The other specific distinctive, they has dark brown head, body barred and spotted dark brown and off-white, yellow bill. It is omnivorous, feeding by dabbling and diving. The Salvadori's Teal is the sole endemic duck species of mountains of New Guinea (Papua, formerly Irian Jaya, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea) The population has been variously estimated to be 2,500-20,000 birds and stable or slowly declining. The IUCN has listed the bird as vulnerable.

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