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53ā58 cm (20Ā¾-22Ā¾ in)
Northern populations may move south into north Africa for the winter.
A popular species in wildfowl collections, so escapes can appear anywhere.
Their breeding habitat is lowland marshes and lakes; their preference is for deep water, both fresh and brackish.
A diving duck, though they also 'dabble' for their food, which is mainly aquatic plants, roots, seeds and will also forage on potatoes.
They nest beside freshwater lakes laying 8-12 pale green eggs.
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