Alternative name: Ferruginous Pochard
- Aythya nyroca
38–42 cm (15-16½ in)
- Black-tipped grey bill
- Steep forehead
- Reddish-brown plumage
- White under tail
- White eye
Female similar but duller with a brown eye
Discontinuous Palearctic; winters to India, south-east Asia and eastern China.
This is a monotypic species.
Wet forests, rivers, estuaries and reservoirs and urban lakes.
They feed by diving and dabbling.
Their diet consists of aquatic plants and insects; also molluscs and small fish. They often feed at night.
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Photo © by Alok Tewari
Keoladeo National Park, India, Feb-2016
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Birdwatchers Pocket Guide ISBN 1-85732-804-3
- BF Member observations
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2023) Ferruginous Duck. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 28 March 2023 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Ferruginous_Duck
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