White-Winged Duck

The White-Winged Duck (Asarcornis scutulata) is a bird related to the diving ducks. It is also called the White-Winged Wood Duck.

The White-Winged Duck has a dark-coloured body with a whitish head and neck, and white feathers on its wings. Males have a yellowish beak, a black-mottled head and upper neck, and wings with white and bluish-grey feathers. Females have a more mottled head and neck. It has red eyes, a reddish beak, and orange-brown webbed feet.

White-Winged Duck

White-Winged Duck

 

The White-Winged Duck is a large species of duck. It measures 66-81 centimetres (26-32 inches) in length with a wingspan of 116-153 centimetres (46-60 inches).

It is native to tropical lowland areas in southeast Asia in small numbers, in countries such as India, Bangladesh, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia. It prefers slow-flowing streams, canals, pools, and wetlands near evergreen, deciduous, or swamp forests.

The White-Winged Duck is nocturnal, feeding at night. It eats seeds, aquatic plants, grain, rice, snails, small fish, and insects.

It nests in tree-holes.

 

 

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

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