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Bird name:

Ferruginous Duck

Aythya nyroca

Order

ANSERIFORMES

Family

Geese and Ducks (Anatidae)

BTO 2

FD

BTO 5

FERDU

Euring 5

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CONSERVATION STATUS

UK Conservation Status


Not Assessed

European Conservation Status


Conservation Description


The Ferruginous Duck is a very rare migrant to the UK, Isle of Man, and Ireland with just six records per year on average. It is most likely to occur on wetlands during the winters months. The conservation status for this species is "not assessed' in the UK because it is a rare migrant.

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Overview

Ferruginous Duck: A rather small duck a bit larger than Garganey with shape like Pochard. Dark chestnut brown with white patch on belly and white vent. Dark grey bill with white band near tip and light coloured iris. Underwing mostly white and white stripe on upperwing in fast, direct flight.


Range and Habitat

Ferruginous Duck: Favors wetlands and forest wetllands. Very rare, with less than 10 birds seen in England most years. Even more scarce in Ireland, Wales, and Scotland. Many records may refer to feral birds or escapees from wildfowl collections. Resides in central and southern Europe, as well as parts of Asia, winters south to the Equator.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Jean Roche Sound

Ferruginous Duck 2

  • Recordist: Jean Roche
  • Title: Ferruginous Duck 2
  • Description: A pair of birds calling.
  • Location: uk
  • Date: "February 7, 2011"

Ferruginous Duck 3

  • Recordist: Jean Roche
  • Title: Ferruginous Duck 3
  • Description: Female "err-err" calls.
  • Location: uk
  • Date: "February 7, 2011"

Voice Text

Generally silent except in courtship. Male makes soft "we-ooo" and "whuk" calls, female gives a high pitched and repeated "err-err".

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Ferruginous Ducks are highly gregarious and form large flocks in winter, often mixing with other diving ducks, including Tufted Ducks and Pochards.
  • They mostly feed at night, and will upend, or dabble, for food as well as dive.
  • A group of ducks has many collective nouns, including a "brace", "daggle", "flock", "paddling", and a "wadddling" of ducks.

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