|Grassland adjacent to shallow marshes
and steppe lakes.
Plant material and insects.
The adult male is unmistakable, with
its brown head and breast with a broad white crescent over
the eye. The rest of the plumage is grey, with loose grey
scapular feathers. It has a grey bill and legs.Some care
is needed in separating the brown female from the similar
Teal, but the stronger face markings and more frequent
head-shaking when dabbling are good indicators.
8 to 9.