drake, as told by the green back pf head (Zoo; 2012-09-19)

African Pygmy Goose
Nettapus auritus

Native Range: Africa

Notes: a tiny goose, even smaller than most ducks; what this bird lacks in size it more than makes up for in its beautiful plumage; inhabits much of eastern and central sub-Saharan Africa; moderate sexual dimorphism with the hen lacking the green crest and neck of the drake.

greenish upperparts; cinnamon breast and flanks (Zoo; 2012-09-19)

lovely head pattern; yellow bill (Zoo; 2012-09-19)

very small-bodied (Zoo; 2012-09-19)

posing for a head portrait (Zoo; 2012-10-09)