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Spot-billed Duck



Kingdom: Animalia       Phylum: Chordata       Class: Aves (Birds)       Order: Anseriformes      Family: Anatidae

Spot-billed Duck
Spot-billed Duck - photo © Rajiv Lather
 

Spot-billed Duck (Anas poecilorhyncha), also called Grey Duck, is a common breeding resident. Locally called Garm Pai or Gugral, this bird is found in the wetlands of India.

Identification: Large dark brown duck with scaly-pattern plumage. Bill is black with yellow, orange spot on the base of bill.  Size: 60 cm

Habits: Found all over India in wetlands, freshwater vegetation covered jheels and reservoirs etc. with extensive emergent vegetation. This bird is sociable, often found in pairs. Female duck with chicks is a common site during breeding season. It breeds from July to September.

 


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