Spot-billed Ducks

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Spot-billed Ducks are very like Mallard in behaviour, with similar feeding and foraging preferences. They focus on vegetation and dabble in the same way. Even their voice is  a classic duck quack.

Various types of inland and coastal (both tidal and brackish) wetlands are home to these ducks. They are found from Russia, Mongolia, Sakhalin, Korea and Japan to eastern China. In winter they move to southern China and may reach Thailand and Cambodia.

The most obvious difference between Chinese and Indian Spotbills is that the the Chinese have a second, incomplete, line on their face from bill base towards the ear coverts. There is no red patch at the base of the bill in the Chinese.

Spotbills lay 6-12 buffy-coloured eggs.