French: Fuligule nyroca German: Moorente Spanish: Porrón pardo
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Fragmented populations breed from C & S Europe and N Africa E to W Mongolia; isolated populations from Algeria E to NE Pakistan and China. Wintering range overlaps with breeding range, and extends also to Sahel, the Middle East and SE Asia.
38–42 cm; male 470–730 g, female 464–727 g; wingspan 63–67 cm. Relatively small, mainly chestnut-brown diving duck, with flat forehead but relatively... read more
Generally considered to be not very vocal, except in courtship, when male gives quiet soft “weck”,... read more
Shallow pools and marshes with abundant emergent, floating and shoreline vegetation (reeds, willows... read more
Food and feeding
Chiefly seeds, roots and green parts of aquatic plants; also aquatic invertebrates (worms, molluscs, crustaceans, insects and larvae),... read more
Generally starts Apr/May in C Europe and Turkey, but can commence as early as Feb in S Europe and as late as end of Jun in N of range or... read more
Migratory, typically departing breeding grounds in Sept and, especially, Oct, and returning in mid... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened, and global midwinter population estimated at between 40,000 and 100,000 individuals, with c. 13,000–24,... read more
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