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There are two subspecies:
Lakes, ponds, wetlands and marshes.
A diving duck.
The diet consists mostly of water lily bulbs and also seeds of aquatic plants.
Both sexes build the nest which is located in water grass, reeds or rushes. the vegetation is bent over to form a bowl of plant material drawn in from around the site and padded with green aquatic grass. The clutch consists of 4-9 eggs (1 laid per day). Both adults incubate the eggs for 29-33 days before they hatch. The female incubates at night and for a short time during the day; the male being responsible for the rest of the time. The change-over is preceded by calls, the duck usually approaching under the water.
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