French: Canard chipeau German: Schnatterente Spanish: Ánade friso
Subspecies and Distribution
M. s. strepera
(Linnaeus, 1758) – breeds in much of North America and N & C Eurasia between 40° N and 60° N; winters S to Central America, SC & SE Eurasia and N Africa between 20° N and 60° N.
M. s. couesi
(Streets, 1876) – Teraina, in Line Is (C Pacific).
45–58 cm; male 650–1000 g, female 550–850 g; wingspan 84–95 cm. Medium-sized, rather nondescript dabbling duck, with mid-sized, slender bill and steep... read more
Male vocalizations, especially, are distinctive, with pronounced sexual dimorphism; male calls... read more
Breeds in various types of freshwater or brackish wetlands, particularly shallow ones with abundant... read more
Food and feeding
Essentially vegetarian; seeds, leaves, roots and stems of aquatic plants, especially green parts of plants, particularly submerged or... read more
Starts Apr/May, with egg laying generally from second half of Apr in N & C Europe and during early May in Turkey (although ducklings... read more
Partially migratory; northernmost breeding birds descend to lower latitudes in winter, e.g. those... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Overall has benefited from effects of human eutrophication processes that have increased aquatic plant biomass (including that of non... read more
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