Male - The male Rosybill Pochard has a distinctive red beak with a black tip, a red basal knob above the beak, red eyes, dark glossy black-purple head, black upperparts and breast, black wings with a broad white stripe which can be seen when flying, light-grey flanks and underparts, and yellow-orange legs and feet.
Female - The female Rosybill has a slate-grey beak, and is mostly brown with a white face and brown eyes.
Size: - Typical Adult is 55-56cm (22in).
Food: - Mainly aquatic vegetation, seeds, grasses and sedges.
Habitat/Range: - Freshwater swamps in South America:- Argentina, central Chile, Paraguay, Bolivia, Uruguay and southern Brazil. The population in southern Argentina migrates northwards during the austral winter, reaching Brazil and southern Bolivia. It is a vagrant to the Falkland Islands.
Breeding Season: - October to December.
Eggs: - 8 to 12 (cream or greenish white colour).
Notes: - The Rosybill is classified as a diving duck but usually feeds by dabbling or grazing. These ducks are easily tamed and are commonly kept in aviaries. This is one of the most common ducks in South America.
Conservation status (IUCN 3.1):
Classification: - Family: Anatidae,
Subfamily: Aythyinae, Genus: Netta.
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