Birds A-Z

Ferruginous Duck

Aythya nyroca


Tomek Tumiel, xeno-canto


Key information:

The Ferruginous Duck is a small and elegant duck that often visits Cyprus in the winter and during migration. It breeds only in a few areas in Cyprus in small numbers, such as Akrotiri wetlands. Note the peaked crown and the grey bill. Both sexes look alike, apart from the eyes, which are white in the male. When in flight, one can see its broad white wing-bars.

Length: 38 – 42 cm

Habitat: Wetlands

When they can be seen: All year round

What they eat: Invertebrates, seeds

In Cyprus: Can be seen at natural and man-made wetlands, such as lakes, dams as well as at Larnaka sewage works.

Status: Resident breeder, passage migrant

Illustration by Paschalis Dougalis

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