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Conservation status: Amber

This is a big, colourful duck, bigger than a mallard but smaller than a goose. Both sexes have a dark green head and neck, a chestnut belly stripe and a red bill.

Illustrations

Overview

Latin name

Tadorna tadorna

Family

Swans, ducks and geese (Anatidae)

Where to see them

Mainly in coastal areas, though they can also be found around inland waters such as reservoirs and gravel workings.

When to see them

Any time of year, but the population swells to more than 81,000 birds during winter.

What they eat

Invertebrates, small shellfish and aquatic snails.

Population

EuropeUK breeding*UK wintering*UK passage*
-15,000 pairs61,000 birds-

Distribution

Key

Audio

Marco Dragonetti, Xeno-canto

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