Eastern Spot-billed Duck

Anas zonorhyncha

Order

ANSERIFORMES

Family

Ducks, Geese and Swans (Anatidae)

Code 4

ESBD

Code 6

ANAZON

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Eastern Spot-billed Duck is a small duck found in tropical and eastern regions of Asia. This bird is mainly a year-round resident, and is typically living in southern parts of Asia including Pakistan, India and southern Japan. This species has a northern subspecies known as the Chinese Spotbill that migrates to southeastern Asia during winter months. Preferred habitats include freshwater lakes and marshlands, and open country. Nests are built near water vegetation on the ground, and this species feeds at night or at dusk on aquatic plant life. The conservation rating for the Eastern Spot-billed Duck is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Eastern Spot-billed Duck: Native of Asia, named for red spots at base of yellow-tipped black bill; subspecies occurring in North America generally lacks these spots. Scaled brown overall with buff face, neck, upper breast. Dark crown, nape, eyestripe. Blue speculum with white borders; orange legs and feet.

 

Range and Habitat

Eastern Spot-billed Duck: Breeds in eastern Asia from Siberia south to India and Southeast Asia. There have been a handful of sightings in the Aleutian Islands. Winters south to the Philippines. Found in areas of shallow water such as ponds and freshwater marshes, with significant amounts of aquatic vegetation.

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Eastern Spot-billed Duck SONGS AND CALLS

Eastern Spot-billed Duck U1

Quacks from a female bird.

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INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Eastern Spot-billed Duck was first described in 1781 by Johann Reinhold Forster, a German naturalist
  • It is known to produce fertile hybrids with the Pacific Black Duck and the Philippine Duck in captivity, and naturally hybridizes with the Mallard as their ranges now overlap due to the Spotbill's northward expansion.
  • A group of ducks has many collective nouns, including a "brace", "flush", "paddling", "raft", and "team" of ducks.

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RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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Author

Jane Wright

Artist

Samira Belous

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BreastX
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CrownX
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
NapeX
Also called the hindneck or collar, it is the back of the neck where the head joins the body.
SpeculumX
The brightly colored area on the wing (secondaries of the wing) on several duck species.
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