Pacific Black Duck

The Pacific Black Duck, Anas superciliosa, is a dabbling duck found in much of Indonesia, New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand and on many islands in the south-western Pacific.

Pacific Black Duck

The Pacific Black Duck grows up to around 60 centimetres in length. It has a dark body, a pale greyish neck, a dark crown and stripes, or flashes, on its face.

Often sharing the same territory as Mallards, there has been a lot of cross-breeding or hybridisation, as is often the case when Mallards are about.

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Subfamily: Anatinae
Genus: Anas
Species: A. superciliosa

Palm-nut Vulture

Palm-nut Vulture

Peregrine

Peregrine Falcon

Bird of Prey

Piapiac

The Piapiac, Ptilostomus afer, is a member of the crow family and is just a bit smaller than the Magpie. It is found in the tropical equatorial region of central Africa from Senegal to Sudan and southern Ethiopia.

Piapiac

The Piapac is often found in agricultural areas and feeds on insects, invertebrates and general carrion.

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Corvidae
Genus: Ptilostomus
Species: P. afer

Plain-backed Pipit

The Plain-backed Pipit, also known as the Plain Pipit, Anthus leucophrys, is a medium-sized passerine bird, although big for a Pipit, which is a resident breeder in Africa south of the Sahara Desert.

Plain-backed Pipit

The Plain-backed Pipit likes open habitats, especially short grassland and cultivated areas. It builds its nest on the ground and usually lays three eggs.

Plain-backed Pipit

The Plain-backed Pipit is a large pipit at 17 centimetres in length and is streaked grey-brown above and pale below with light breast streaking.

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Motacillidae
Genus: Anthus
Species: A. leucophrys

Plover

Little Ringed Plover

The Little Ringed Plover, Charadrius dubius, is a small plover found throughout Europe and Asia and has a grey-brown back and wings, white belly, a white breast with a black band at the neck, a brown cap, white forehead, black mask around the eyes and with a bit of white above the short dark bill. The eyes themselves are very distinctive with a yellow ring around them.

Little Ringed Plover

The legs of the Little Ringed Plover are a sort of pinky, flesh colour and the toes are webbed.

Little Ringed Plover

They are usually found near freshwater where they hunt for insects and worms. They are migratory and spend the winter in Africa.

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Charadriidae
Genus: Charadrius
Species: C. dubius

Ringed Plover

The Common Ringed Plover or Ringed Plover, Charadrius hiaticula, is a small plover, very similar to the Little Ringed Plover, with a grey-brown back and wings, white belly, white breast with one black band at the neck, a brown cap, white forehead, black mask around the eyes but with a short orange and black bill.

Ringed Plover, Nerja

The legs are orange (pinkish on the Little Ringed Plover) and unlike with the Little Ringed Plover there is no yellow ring around the eyes.

The Ringed Plover is migratory and can be found near freshwater, often in the vicinity of beaches. It feeds on crustaceans, insects and worms.

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Charadriidae
Genus: Charadrius
Species: C. hiaticula

Pochard

The Pochard, Aythya ferina, is a medium-sized diving duck found in lakes and marshes with a water depth in excess of one metre.

Pochard

The adult male has a long dark bill with a grey band, a red head and neck, a black breast, red eyes and a grey back. The adult female is a bit less distinctive with a brown head and body and a narrower grey band on the bill. However, the triangular shape of the head makes them stand out from the crowd.

Pochards are migratory and generally winter in the south and west of Europe. They feed mainly by diving or dabbling, eating aquatic plants, molluscs, aquatic insects and small fish.

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Subfamily: Aythyinae
Genus: Aythya
Species: A. ferina

Puffin

The Puffin, Fratercula arctica, is an auk in the Alcidae family and is quite distinctive with its multi-coloured beak.

Puffin

It has a black back, white underparts, black head with pale cheeks and a sort of flattened, brightly-coloured bill. It also has red and black eye-markings and bright orange legs. The beak does become duller at the end of the breeding season as the Puffin sheds the outer part.

The Puffin spends most of the time at sea and they are primarily diving birds.

Puffin

They breed in large colonies on coastal cliffs or offshore islands, making their nests in crevices among rocks or in burrows in the soil.

They eat fish.

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Alcidae
Genus: Fratercula
Species: F. arctica