Hunting Maccoa Duck


MACCOA DUCK (Oxyura maccoa)

Key Characteristics

The bright blue bill, black head and chestnut body of the breeding male are unmistakable. Females and non-breeding males have a dark-brown appearance, a compact body and stiff, erect tail. The diagnostic feature of the female is a white stripe beneath the eye.


Moccoa Duck appear to prefer relatively deep waters, often saline, bordered by reeds and sedges, especially on smaller dams and ponds.

The Hunt

These ducks are hunted over decoys from natural and man-made blinds. Morning shoots are generally on cultivated pastures or recently combined maize (corn) and wheat fields. Afternoon shoots are more productive for Yellow-billed duck and usually take place around impoundments. Bag limits are generous and a gun can expect to shoot, depending on the time of the year, between 5 and 10 duck per day. Depending on the time of the year you will encounter, amongst other, the following species: Egyptian & Spurwing Geese, Red-billed Teal, Southern Pochard, White-faced Duck & South African Shelduck. Parties of between 2 and 6 guns can be accommodated. Karoo Wingshooting has waterfowl concessions in excess of 15,000 hectares (37,000 acres).

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