Ducks: Turkish Fistione

Ducks: Turkish Fistione

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Spread and habitat

It lives in some areas of Europe and Asia. Some populations are migratory, others sedentary and others still erratic. It prefers the northernmost areas but not beyond the 55th parallel. Very silent, she loves reeds where she feels protected and safe. Much appreciated as an ornamental duck for its easy adaptability, beauty and ease of breeding.

Morphological characteristics

Sexual dimorphism is evident.
The male has a reddish brown head with erectile feathers on the top. Neck, part of the abdomen, chest and undertail are black with bluish reflections. White sides shaded towards the light brown of the back and wings, which have reddish shades. The wings in flight highlight a large white band on the rear edge. Eyes and coral red beak. in eclipse the plumage is dull and opaque. The legs are orange-grayish.
Medium size 54-58 cm.
The female has a reddish-brown coat, with whitish cheeks and a darker upper part of the head and lighter hips. Gray leaden beak and legs. Brown eye.
The young specimens are similar to the females but with darker backs.

Nutrition and behavior

The diet is based on insects, minnows, seeds, molluscs, shoots, snails and larvae that it finds in the water by diving or partially immersing itself. It builds the nests among the dense marsh vegetation, covering them with duvets. The female hatches 8-10 eggs once a year for about 20 days. If the environment is suitable, it reproduces well even in captivity.

Male of Turkish Fistione Netta rufina (photo David L. Ross

Pair of Turkish Fistione Netta rufina (photo P. Dubois Coté Nature)

Video: 1 week old baby ducks having breakfast with there Turkey and duck moms. (May 2022).