Common White-eye (Ferruginous Duck)

Aythyna nyroca

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The white eyes of this duck were once considered a distinguishing feature. However, it was soon discovered that the reddish coloring of the bird’s plumage proved even more characteristic, hence the newer common name.

Both males and females perform courtship displays. Females can be seen alternating between attacks and swimming back towards the male she has selected. In addition, females also perform two displays similar to the male displays, that is, a head-throw display and a kinked-neck call; the only difference is the associated vocalization.


Feeds mainly on the leafy parts and roots of pondweeds, duckweeds and musk grass
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