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The #marbledduck, or #marbledteal, is a medium-sized duck. It used to be included among the #dabblingducks, but is now classed as a #divingduck. The scientific name, #Marmaronetta #angustirostris, comes from the #Greek #marmaros, #marbled and #netta, a duck, and Latin #angustus, narrow or small and rostris billed.

The marbled #duck appears to have suffered a rapid population decline, evidenced in its core wintering range, as a result of widespread and extensive habitat destruction. It therefore qualifies as #Vulnerable. However, data are scarce and some birds may have relocated to alternative wintering sites. Apparent increases in #Iraq and the western #Mediterranean population probably reflect improved #observer coverage rather than genuine changes. This population has suffered a long-term decline and widespread loss of #habitat.
Some insight of the #duckery (duck #nursery) of @Aeresmbobarneveld, secondary vocational #college for animal #husbandry and management. 
The duckery is fully operated by #students; a selection of students takes care of artificial #incubating the #eggs, other students take care for feeding the #ducklings and cleaning the rearing tubs and basins. Every year several species are reared to fully grown #birds by the first year students, coached by senior students and teacher Bert Kleijer. What a wonderful and educational job!
An exceptional type of #bird and unique in the order of #Anseriformes; the crested #screamer, #Chauna torquata. This #skeleton was mounted by @taxidermy_deMuseumwinkel.
#taxidermy #taxidermist
The white-winged wood ducklings are guarded and guided very well by their mom.
#whitewingedwoodducks #ducklings #rarebird #ducks #wildfowl #waterfowl #endangered #iucn #redlist
The #whitewingedwoodduck #drake isn't really a guarding daddy. But so far (3th day) he's just taking it easy and watching his family swimming by. 
#happytogether #duckfamily #ducktales #ducklings #endangeredbird #rarebird #aviculture
Back in 2005 I fell in love with the illusive #whitewingedwoodducks at @SylvanHeights_BirdPark. It's been 13 years since I caught that spark, and I kept dreaming until today: there they are, #ducklings!
She's hiding something!
#ducklings #whitewingedwoodduck #endangeredspecies #wildfowl #waterfowl #eaza #studbook #redlist
Today is #WorldEnvironmentDay. Join the global game of #BeatPlasticPollution! Because, if you can't reuse it, refuse it! 
#LaysanDucks and many more species are victim of plastic pollution on the islands of #Laysan and #MidwayAtoll.
Growing growing growing...
The #greylags are getting big!
First two #eggs of the #madagascarteal!
#Madagascar #endangered #endemic #teal #duck #nest #nesting #springwatch #itsinmynature
It may seem an odd mix of #birds: greater #flamingos and a whooper #swan. These birds and more (eastern white #pelicans and some #geese) live together on a big #pond at #ZooVeldhoven, the #Netherlands.
Time to #paddle a bit.
Still waiting for the first #eggs of these #madagascarteal