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Ferruginous Duck

From Opus

Alternative name: Ferruginous Pochard

Photo © by MomoMorges, Switzerland, November 2005
Photo © by Momo
Morges, Switzerland, November 2005
Aythya nyroca


[edit] Identification

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

[edit] Distribution

FemalePhoto © by Florian AndronacheBoldesti Gradistea Lake, Prahova county, Romania, July 2011
Photo © by Florian Andronache
Boldesti Gradistea Lake, Prahova county, Romania, July 2011

Discontinuous Palearctic; winters to India, south-east Asia and eastern China.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Wet forests, rivers, estuaries and reservoirs and urban lakes.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Action

They feed by diving and dabbling.

[edit] Diet

Their diet consists of aquatic plants and insects; also molluscs and small fish. They often feed at night.

[edit] Vocalisation

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[edit] References

  1. 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
  2. Birdwatchers Pocket Guide ISBN 1-85732-804-3
  3. BF Member observations

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