What kind of bird is the starfish? Explanation of characteristics, ecology, and habitat Wild birds that can be seen in Japan


What kind of bird is the starfish? We will explain its characteristics, ecology, and habitat. The white-crowned nighttail has a very distinctive red head and is a bird that can mainly be seen in Europe. In winter, this bird appears in northern Africa and the Middle East, but it is actually an endangered species.

What is a starfish? About basic status

The white-crowned nighttail is a bird classified in the Anseriformes order, Anseriformes family, and the Anseriformes genus. The kanji is Hoshiba Shiro, and the scientific name is Aythya ferina. The total length is 42-49cm, the wingspan is 72-82cm, and the weight is 0.5-1kg. The list of information is as follows.

English(英名)Common pochard
Eurasian pochard
European pochard
scientific name(学名)Aythya ferina
classification(分類)Ave、 Anseriformes、Anatidae、Aythya

About habitat

The white-crowned nighttail is distributed mainly in Europe.

feature is? What kind of creature is it?

The male white-tailed flycatcher has reddish-brown plumage from the head to the neck, and the feathers covering the chest plumage and the base of the tail feathers are black. Female irises are brown. The white-crowned nighttail is quite widespread in Europe, and in winter it spends the winter in northern Africa, the Middle East, and India. White-crowned nighttails live in lakes, rivers, estuaries, and inner bays.

What does the ecology look like?

The starfish is a herbivorous diet, subsisting on seeds, leaves, buds, underground stems, fish, and amphibians. The reproductive form is oviparous. They build nests made of reeds piled up in bushes near water or on top of aquatic plants floating on the water’s surface. The female lays 8-10 eggs and incubates them. The lifespan is about 20 years.

Are there any natural enemies?

The nests of white-tailed hawks are often raided by eagles and hawks.

Is the white-crowned nighttail designated as an endangered species?

The white-crowned nighttail is designated as an endangered species. Their population has declined dramatically due to changes in their natural habitat and overhunting. In Europe, this decline rate is 30-49% over 20 years, which is a very serious situation.

Can starfish be kept as pets?

It would be difficult to raise a starfish. It is designated as an endangered species, and its population is declining rapidly.


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