Plant material and down.
Vegetation. Feeds by dabbling (non diving)
for plant food, swinging its bill from side to side
using the bill to strain food from the water.
also eats mollusks and insects in the
The breeding male has a green head, white breast
and chestnut belly and flanks. In flight, pale blue
feathers are revealed, separated from
the green speculum
by a white border.The females
brown, with plumage much like a female
Mallard, but their
long broad bill easily identifies them.
In non-breeding plumage, the drake looks more like the
1 Brood Mar-June
8 to 12 pale greenish gray or olive-buff.