Large, chunky duck, mostly black with greenish gloss, and white wing patches; male has feathered crest on head and red "warts" on face; female lacks red warts, is a bit smaller and has a smaller crest; immature bird is brownish; to 85cm (34 in). (Pato Real, Pato Alzado).
Lowlands over Caribbean and Pacific slopes; found in wooded streams, rivers, swamps, and also in mangroves.
Found in the following Parks:
Braulio Carrillo National Park.
Carara National Park.
Cahuita National Park.
Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge.
Corcovado National Park.
La Amistad National Park.
La Selva Biological Reserve.
Palo Verde National Park.
Santa Rosa Nacional Park.
Tortuguero National Park.
If you want to read about Eco-Tourism, Ecology, Behavior, Breeding and more of Costa Ricas' Fauna, we recommend to buy the Travelers' Wildlife Guide of Costa Rica by Les Beletzky (or Belesky) with beautiful illustrations by Davis Dennis. This priceless guide is our constant companion, when we travel around Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua.
To buy the complete book visit Interlink Books
The team of Discovery Travel World wishes you the best of times in our little paradise called Costa Rica.