Anas angustirostris Mйnйtriйs, 1832, Lenkoran. Monotypic.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
English: Marbled duck; French: Sarcelle marbrйe; German: Marmelente; Spanish: Cerceta Pardilla.
15.4–18.9 in (39–48 cm); 1.0–1.3 lb (450–590 g). Plumage mainly grayish brown with white marbling.
From southern Spain and northwestern Africa east to Pakistan; winters south of breeding range to the northern Sahara and east to northwestern India.
Heavily vegetated brackish marshes within arid regions.
Not territorial, but male guards female until she finishes laying eggs. Migratory.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Feeds on plant parts and aquatic invertebrates by dabbling, upending, diving, mud-filtering, and wading on shore.
Seasonally monogamous. Breeding begins in Apr.–Jun., and May–Jul. in northern Africa. Lays 7–14 eggs into a small concealed depression on ground; incubation 25–27 days; becomes sexually mature at 1 year.
Populations are declining due to hunting and wetland drainage. Considered Vulnerable.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
Hunted for food.
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