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Ducks: Casarca

Ducks: Casarca


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Spread and habitat

It lives in a vast range from eastern Europe to Asia and some areas of north-western and eastern Africa. There are many populations, some migratory and some permanent. It prefers areas rich in fresh water, even if it does not mind more sheltered sea coasts.

Morphological characteristics

The plumage of the male is rust-red, with a ring in the middle of the neck and the head shaded towards white. The wings have a green-blue bar and, in flight, are lighter in the lower part. The tail is black. The legs are blackish-gray in color. Dark eye.
The female is very similar to the male. It has a white mark on the face that covers the junction of the beak and the area around the eyes.
The size varies from 61 to 67 cm.

Nutrition and behavior

Gregarious animal that easily adapts to various environments. It feeds on molluscs, small fish, snails, shoots, berries and seeds which it finds along the banks of rivers, streams and ponds. In captivity it reproduces with a certain ease and is appreciated as a garden bird.
Form stable pairs that defend the territory. The female lays 8-10 eggs in ravines of the rocks or old trees and the hatching, protected by the male, for about 30 days.

Casarca - Tadorna ferruginea

Casarca - Tadorna ferruginea (Www.trub-ziergefluegel.ch)

Casarca - Tadorna ferruginea (photo www.radioactiverobins.com)


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