Spot-billed Duck near Delhi Public School Tapi at Surat.
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Scientific Name: Anas poecilorhyncha
Kingdom : Animalia
Phylum : Chordata
Class : Aves
Order : Anseriformes
Family : Anatidae
Subfamily : Anatinae
Genus : Anas
Species : A. poecilorhyncha
How do I identify this bird:
- The Spot-billed Duck is about 50-65 cms long.
- The bird gets its name from the yellow and red spot on the bill.
- The male has a red spot on the base of the bill. This spot is not very prominent or sometimes absent in the smaller and similar female.
- It has a dark crown and eye-stripe,
- It has a spotted breast and boldly scalloped flanks and white tertials.
- The legs and feet of the Spot-billed Duck are bright orange.
Where do I find this bird:
- It is a wetland bird and can be found in freshwater lakes and marshes in the open countryside.
- If you make a trip to the fields and ponds around the villages near DPS Tapi you are sure to find them.
- They generally are found as a couple or in small flocks.
- Sometimes they can be found along with other birds like the Comb duck or Grebes and other wetland birds are found.
- The Spot-billed Duck feeds on plant food mainly in the evening or at night.
- The breeding season is generally when there is enough water. They breed mainly during the monsoon generally between July to September.
Hindi : Gugral, Garm-pai
Assamese : Bor mughihans