Male - In the breeding season the male Falcated Duck has a dark iridescent green head, neck, crest and collar, bronzed crown, white throat, pale grey breast with black markings, grey body with distinctive elongated tertiaries which are falcated or sickle shaped, and a long dark grey beak.
Female - The female is dark grey-brown with dark streaking.
Eclipse - The male in eclipse plumage is similar to the female but has a darker head and back.
Size: - Typical Adult is 48-54cm (19-21in).
Food: - Plant food, seeds, rice, small invertebrates.
Habitat/Range: - Lowland wetlands, water meadows, marshes, rice-paddies, and lakes in central and eastern Siberia. Winters further south from southern Japan and China to north-eastern India.
Breeding Season: - From May to early July.
Eggs: - 6 to 10 (creamy-white colour).
Notes: - The Falcated Duck (or Falcated Teal) is a dabbling duck. It has very distinctive long sickle-shaped (falcated) tertials hanging off its back which give this duck its name. They are hunted for food, and their attractive feathers in China.
Conservation status (IUCN 3.1):
Classification: - Family: Anatidae,
Subfamily: Anatinae, Genus: Anas.