Aythya nyroca (Güldenstädt, 1770) - Ferruginous Duck

Subspecies in India

This is also known as the White-eyed Pochard.
 
This species is listed as Near Threatened in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (https://www.iucnredlist.org/)

 

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This species is uncommon. It inhabits inland wetlands in the coastal plains from the sea level up to 880m. It is migratory; breeding in India, China, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Romania, Egypt, and Ethiopia, during April-June in loose groups and pairs. For wintering, it congregates in large flocks from late October and migrates to Iraq, Israel, Yemen, Greece, Germany, Portugal, Serbia, Thailand, and Senegal. It mainly forages on seeds, insects, and molluscs (BirdLife International 2019).
 

Conservation Status: 

 

 

This species is listed as Near Threatened in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (https://www.iucnredlist.org/)

 

 



According to the IUCN Red List assessment, the population of this species is declining and its current population size is unknown. The threat to its persistence comes from breeding habitat disturbance due to overgrazing, pollution of water bodies, and industrial waste (BirdLife International 2019).
 
StateJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecNo date
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andhra Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh
Assam
Bihar
Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Daman & Diu
Delhi
Goa
Gujarat
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir
Jharkhand
Karnataka
Kerala
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh
Maharashtra12
Manipur
Meghalaya
Mizoram
Nagaland
Odisha
Paschimbanga1
Pondicherry
Punjab
Rajasthan314
Sikkim
Tamil Nadu
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand1
West Bengal
Total43114
BirdLife International 2019. Aythya nyroca . The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019: e.T22680373A152620862. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2019-3.RLTS.T22680373A152620862.en. Accessed on 13 February 2020.
 

Page citation

Anonymous 2024. Aythya nyroca (Güldenstädt, 1770) – Ferruginous Duck. In Satose, V., A. Bayani, V. Ramachandran, P. Roy, and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 2.17. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL: https://www.birdsofindia.org/aythya-nyroca, accessed 2024/06/25.