April 20, 2017 – Ferruginous Duck, Ferruginous Pochard, or White-eyed Pochard (Aythya nyroca)
These ducks are found in parts of Europe, Asia, and Africa, in several distinct populations. Their winter range in the Middle East, northeast and central Africa, and Southeast Asia overlaps with their breeding range. They eat seeds, aquatic plants and invertebrates, small fish, and amphibians, dabbling at the surface, upending, or diving. Nesting alone or in loose groups, they build low platforms from reeds and other vegetation on the ground, among reeds, or on floating vegetation. Females incubate the eggs alone. They are classified as Near Threatened mostly due to destruction and alteration of their wetland habitats, along with hunting, introduced predators, entanglement in fishing nets, and hybridization with other species of duck.