|Dense, shrubby forested edges of rivers and lakes.
Feed by dabbling or on land.The diet changes seasonally; in the fall
and winter, they mostly eat acorns and grains. In the spring they
mostly eat insects, snails, fish and aquatic plants. In the summer,
they eat dew worms, small fish, frogs, mollusks, and small snakes.
The adult male is a striking and unmistakable
bird. It has a red bill, large white crescent above the eye and reddish
face and "whiskers". The breast is purple with two vertical white bars,
and the flanks ruddy, with two orange "sails" at the back. The female
is similar to female wood duck, with a white eye-ring and stripe
running back from the eye, but is paler below, has a small white flank
stripe, and a pale tip to its bill
65 - 75 cm.