French: Marmaronette marbrée German: Marmelente Spanish: Cerceta pardilla
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Fragmented distribution in W Mediterranean (Spain, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, wintering also in W Africa), E Mediterranean (Turkey, Israel, Jordan, Syria, wintering S to Egypt), and W & S Asia (S Russia and Iraq E to extreme NW China, wintering in Iran to Pakistan and NW India).
39–48 cm; male 350–590 g, female 327–535 g; wingspan 63–67 cm. Male generally grey-brown, with noticeably spotted appearance due to pale cream feather... read more
Generally rather silent, although male produces nasal “eeeep” calls in display and alarm when... read more
Shallow brackish or freshwater pools and marshes with abundant emergent and subemergent vegetation... read more
Food and feeding
Omnivorous: seeds, roots, tubers and green parts of aquatic plants; also aquatic invertebrates (insects and larvae, molluscs, worms), with... read more
Starts Apr/Jun; May/Jul in N Africa, although generally breeds later with increasing latitude, with nests recorded between 13 Apr and 26... read more
Dispersive and partially migratory, with birds ringed in S Spain generally remaining there, albeit... read more
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. Global population perhaps c. 50,000–55,000 individuals, based on estimates of 3000–5000 in W Mediterranean and West Africa, 1000 in E... read more
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