(Aythya Nyroca)
Falcated Duck                Freckled Duck

Geese of the World Zone - Slimbridge
The Ferruginous Duck is found in the Geese of the World zone, SlimbridgeMap (Slimbridge)
Breeding Habitat
France, Spain, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Rumania, South Russia, Asia Minor, Kazahstan and Tibet.
Winter Habitat or Migration Area
Winters South to Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Nigeria, Arabia, India, Bhurma and Southwest China.

Conservation Status


Appearance - Drake
The male has a dark collar around the base of the neck, a Grey bill, Chestnut plumage with a Dark Brown back. It has a White belly and undertail, Light Yellow eye with Dark Grey legs and feet.

Appearance - Duck
The female is similar except duller plumage and a Brown eye.

Marshes, Lakes and Ponds.

Vegetation, Seeds, Aquatic Plants, Molluscs, Crustaceans, Worms, Small Fish and Aquatic Insects.

Breeding Time
Early May to Mid June.

Builds its nest in a hollow lined with vegetation and down in reedbeds near the water.

Quantity: 8 to 10.
Colour: Pale Buff.

Slimbridge Wildfowl C - F
Canada Goose (Branta Canadensis)
Canvasback (Aythya Valisineria)
Cape Barren Goose (Cereopsis Novaehollandiae)
Cape Teal (Anas Capensis)
Chestnut Teal (Anas Castanea)
Chilean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus Chilensis)
Chiloe Wigeon (Anas Sibilatrix)
Chinese Spot-Billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha)
Comb Duck (Sarkidiornis Melanotos)
Common Merganser (Mergus Merganser)
Coot (Fulica Atra)
Coscoroba Swan (Coscoroba Coscoroba)
Crested Screamer (Chauna Torquata)
Demoiselle Crane (Anthropoides Virgo)
Eider (Somateria Mollissima)
Emperor Goose (Anser or Chen Canagicus)
Eurasian Crane (Grus Grus)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas Penelope)
Falcated Duck (Anas Falcata)
Ferruginous Duck (Aythya Nyroca)
Freckled Duck (Stictonetta Naevosa)
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Falcated Duck                Freckled Duck
Ferruginous Duck
©Nigel Key Ferruginous Duck (Slimbridge October 2011)

The Ferruginous Duck, also known as the Ferruginous Pochard, is a diving duck from Eurasia.

The Ferruginous Dusk has suffered decline in Europe due to habitat loss and hunting and now breeds in Russia, Romania and Asia.

At a distance, the female Ferruginous Duck can be mistaken for the female Tufted Duck - the White undertail being the distinguishing feature.
   Hear the Ferruginous Duck's Call:-

Photographs ©Nigel Key, Click thumbnail to enlarge.
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Related Links: -
W.W.T. Official Website - www.wwt.org.uk/
Tufted Duck - www.slim-bridge.co.uk