Ducks: Red-billed duck

Ducks: Red-billed duck

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Spread and habitat

Species native to South America. It loves areas rich in shrubs near pools, ponds and streams. Beautiful looking duck that adapts to pond life in the garden; easily coexists with other species.

Morphological characteristics

The male has a red beak with a showy caruncle at the same color. The tip, slightly curved, is black. Head, chest, upper part of the back and wings are shiny black. The wings in flight have a large white band. The sides are pearl gray, slightly variegated with silver-white. The lower part of the wings and the undertail are gray-white. Orange eyes and legs. Size about 55 cm.
The female has a reddish-brown coat, with lighter undersides. The head has a flaky whitish coloring, more evident around the beak which is leaden gray. Locchio is brown and gray-orange legs. The light band on the wings in flight is smaller and more opaque. The young male resembles the adult but does not have a red caruncula and has reddish-brown sides.

Nutrition and behavior

He lives in large groups and moves in search of food. It feeds mainly on small molluscs, snails, seeds and berries, but, like all ducks, it has a very varied diet. The nest is made between the shrubs and the female hatches 8-12 eggs. If not disturbed it reproduces well even in captivity.

Pair of and male red-billed duck - Clear peposaca

Male red-billed duck - Clear peposaca (

Video: My pet Fulvous Whistling duck (May 2022).