Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha)

OTHER NAMES: Chinese Spot-billed Duck
Latin Etymology: Anas ("duck") zonorhyncha ("band billed")
Two Adult Oriental Eastern Spot-billed Dove (Anas zonorhyncha) at Arashiyama, Japan - July 2013

Local Name (Japan): Karugamo (カルガモ- "Light wildduck"
Weight: 790-1500g  /  Length: 55-63cm  /  Wingspan: 83-95cm
ABSENT FROM UK / IUCN Red List Least Concern

The Eastern Spot-billed Duck is a close relation of the Mallard, only recently split from the rest of the Spot-billed Ducks.  It is common in Japan, along with the Mallard being the most common duck throughout the year being found on rivers and ponds  They are a fairly drab duck throughout the year, with the main colour on the plumage coming from the blue patch on the wings, all else being brown and cream.

Related Species:
Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Genus: Anas
Subspecies: None - monotypic

- Sighting Locations -
JAPAN - Japaneseカルガモ  /  Karugamo  ("Light wildduck")
Common resident of water based habitats. 
 - KYOTO/OSAKA 2013 TRIP: Common along the rivers of Kyoto and Arashiyama

Further Notes: BirdForum OpusIUCN Red ListRSPBWikipedia, Xeno-canto

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