A diving duck being released into the Zoo lake
Hello Diving Duck Supporters!
As we await the new breeding season for our diving ducks (due to begin sometime in April or May of 2019), we would like to share with you the differences between our male and female diving ducks – you may have noticed some of these from photographs we have shared.
The breeding male is a rich, dark chestnut on the head, breast and flanks with contrasting pure white undertail coverts. In flight the white belly and underwing patch are visible. The females are duller and browner than the males. The male has a yellow eye and the females have a dark eye.
As habitats, these ducks prefer quite shallow fresh waterbodies with rich submerged and floating vegetation with dense stands of emergent vegetation on the margins. Sometimes they will also use saline or brackish pools or wetlands. On passage and wintering they will also frequent coastal waters, inland seas and large, open lagoons.
We hope to be able to update you with more exciting news in our next report.
With best wishes and thanks for your continued support,
Nicole and the Avian Team at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo