|Scientific name:||Anas strepera|
Scarce resident at wetlands mainly in the south and east of Ireland.
Large, but slightly smaller than Mallard. Small white speculum prominent in adult male. Males with brown head, black stern and grey body. Females similar to Mallard, though whitish belly, small white speculum, an orange, even stripe along the cutting edge of the bill.
Males with short, croaking 'ahrk' and high-pitched whistling 'pee' in courtship. Females with quacking call similar to Mallard.
They feed on a mixed diet of seeds, insects and aquatic vegetation.
Nest on a variety of freshwater and brackish wetlands, especially shallow lakes with abundant emergent vegetation, slow moving rivers and marshes.
Localised wintering distribution at a variety of inland and coastal sites.
Main breeding range Northern Europe, however localised breeder in Ireland. Loughs Neagh & Beg in County Antrim, Tacumshin Lake in County Wexford, Lady’s Island Lake in County Wexford, Strangford Lough in County Down and the Corofin Wetlands in County Clare are among the top sites (each supporting 80- 150 birds).
In Winter, numbers increased by migrating birds from Europe.