French: Nette rousse German: Kolbenente Spanish: Pato colorado
Caspian Sea and lakes of the Tartarian Desert
Scattered populations breed in W Europe E from S & E Spain, France and Netherlands; bulk of population from Black Sea and Turkey E to NW China and W Mongolia. Winters in Mediterranian Basin, C Europe, around Black and Caspian Seas E to India and SW China.
50–58 cm; male 900–1420 g, female 830–1400 g; wingspan 84–90 cm. Breeding male unmistakable with dark chestnut head becoming rusty gold above and... read more
Considered to be generally rather silent, except during courtship, when male utters a rasping... read more
Favours rather deep, large lakes and lagoons of fresh or brackish waters with abundant fringing... read more
Food and feeding
Essentially vegetarian; roots, seeds and green parts of aquatic plants, also potatoes; Chara one of main items, up to 89·7... read more
Starts Apr/May, mainly from early May, but typically mid May in S Russia, with nests containing eggs found as late as third week of Jun in... read more
Partially migratory, with (in Europe) main autumn migration during late Oct to early Nov, returning... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Patchily distributed, locally common. Large concentrations of this species hard to find; 1500 breeding pairs in delta of R Ebro, NE... read more
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