Marbled Duck

      Marmaronetta angustirostris

      Information

      The Marbled Duck has conspicuous sandy-brown blotches and is only a little larger than the Garganey. Both sexes look very similar. This species is distributed over arid areas from North Africa over southern Spain as far as western Asia. There has been a population decline in large parts of its range as a result of habitat destruction. Birds occurring in Switzerland have as a rule escaped from captivity. In Spain, species recovery programmes are underway.

      Voice

      Status (in CH)
      Species that would otherwise appear in categories A or B except that there is reasonable doubt that they have ever occurred in a natural state; also species that cannot be put into any other category for various reasons

      Facts

      Population size in Switzerland (Pairs)
      -
      Migration behaviour
      resident to short-distance migrant
      Diurnal/nocturnal migrant
      Nocturnal migrant
      Length (cm)
      39-42
      wing span (cm)
      63-70
      Weight (g)
      400-600
      Nest site
      ground
      Food
      insects, mussels, earthworms
      Group
      Wildfowl
      Habitat
      lakes, rivers & streams