By Ken Billington (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Africa. Resident in southern African(Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe)with isolated pockets in Kenya and Ethiopia
A member of the "stiff tails" like the Ruddy Duck. It is a diving duck and requires deep water and plenty of space and cover so it is not widely kept in captivity and escapes are seemingly rarely encountered. As a non-migratory species it is never likely to occur naturally.