Torrent Duck

Merganetta armata

The Torrent Duck is a member of the Anatidae family, and it is a unique duck that inhabits fast-flowing Andean rivers and streams. It is usually spotted in pairs or alone resting on rocks in the midst of the flowing water, and it is not usually seen with other ducks. The duck feeds by diving in churning water and pools and can swim upstream effortlessly. The male and female have a bright red bill and striped back, but their overall appearance is quite different. The male has a white head with black lines, while the female has a gray head and bright rusty underparts. The body pattern of the male differs regionally, ranging from black overall to striped with whitish or rusty. You can find it in our tours in the Manu National Park.

Photo: Alfredo Cornejo