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Scientific Name:

Anas platyrhynchos


Most of Palearctic and Nearctic zone. Winter populations reach Africa (Nile Valley), SE Asia (Indus Valley to SE China), Mexico and Cuba.


Omnivorous - seeds, aquatic plants, crops (such as rice and potatoes), aquatic invertebrates, such as insects, molluscs, crustaceans and worms, occasionally crabs, amphibian and fish .


Habitat: shallow wetland of fresh, brackish or salt waters.

Incubation: 26-28 days / 9-19 eggs

Social structure: pairs, small to large flocks of several hundreds or even thousands individuals.

Weight: male max 1,8kg, female max 1,3kg

Dimensions: male max 70cm, female max 60cm wing span: max 100cm

Lifespan: 20-29

Estimated population in the wild: 19,000,000

Threats: Wetland habitat degradation and loss, hunting.

IUCN status: Least concern

Did you know that:

  1. Breeding males may attack females in order to mate; this may lead to the death of the female in some cases.
  2. In Greece it is a regular winter visitor in small numbers.

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