French: Fuligule morillon German: Reiherente Spanish: Porrón moñudo
Breeds from 45–70° across N Palearctic from Iceland eastwards to Kamchatka, southwards to C Europe, Mongolia and rarely N Japan (Hokkaido). Winters in C & S Europe, Africa, Middle East and S & E Asia.
40–47 cm; male 600–1020 g, female 560–930 g; wingspan 65–72 cm. For non-breeding males, rounded head shape and bill pattern are particularly useful in... read more
Generally silent outside spring courtship period: at this season, adult male utters quiet “buck... read more
For breeding uses large, deep, freshwater lakes, ponds and reservoirs with marginal and emergent... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds and green parts of aquatic plants, molluscs (often major item in diet, both on inland and in coastal waters, especially Mytilus... read more
Starts May, e.g. first eggs c. 25 May in Iceland, but mid May in continental Europe. Seasonally monogamous, with pairs forming early in... read more
Partially or wholly migratory, commencing autumn movements in Sept and have completely vacated the... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). One of few Aythya species known to have large populations that are stable or increasing in recent decades. An estimated c. 1... read more
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