Their breeding habitat is marshy lakes and ponds. They nest in dense marsh vegetation near water. The female builds the nest out of grass, locating it in tall vegetation to hide it from predators. A typical brood contains 5 to 15 ducklings. Pairs form each year.
They are migratory and winter in coastal bays and unfrozen lakes and ponds.
These birds dive and swim underwater. They mainly eat seeds and roots of aquatic plants, aquatic insects and crustaceans.
The species has declined in numbers in parts of northern and western Europe since the 1980s due to fewer grassland invertebrates being available as food for growing chicks. Despite this, its huge global population is not thought to be declining significantly, so the common starling is classified as being of Least Concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Duck with a blue beak…never seen earlier!
Well…Now you see it! Thanks, Indira. 🙂
I love the beak on that duck.
Thank you, Tom. 🙂
I’m imagining how cute a brood of 15 ducklings must look by their mother’s side!
I really don’t know if they have the blue beak since they are small. But if they do, would definitely look cute. Thanks, D. 🙂
Superb Starling, HJ! ❤
Thanks a lot, Donna. 🙂
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