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Ferruginous Duck - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Ferruginous Pochard

Male and female
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India, 29 February 2016
Aythya nyroca


First Winter Male
Photo © by Sandpiper
King's Mill Reservoir, Nottinghamshire, UK, 3 November 2010

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[1].


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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  1. Clements, J. F., P. C. Rasmussen, T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, A. Spencer, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2023. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2023. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Birdwatchers Pocket Guide ISBN 1-85732-804-3
  3. Birdforum Member observations

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