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Scientific Name: Spatula querquedula

Malay Name: Itik Kening Putih

Chinese Name: 白眉鸭

Range: Breeds in northern temperate Europe and Asia, wintering south to equatorial Africa, Middle East, Indian subcontinent, southern China, Southeast Asia and Australia.

Taxonomy: Monotypic.

Size: 36-41 cm

Identification: Male has mostly dark brownish head and neck with diagnostic bold white supercilium. In flight shows mostly bluish-grey upperwing-coverts and blackish-green secondaries bordered by broad white bands. Female resembles male but has narrow whitish supercilium and large whitish loral patch extending in line below blackish eyestripe.

Habitat: Lakes, marshes and suitable wetlands.


Local Status: Vagrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

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BirdLife International. (2016). Spatula querquedula. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 1 January 2023

Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.

Lim, K. S. (2009). The Avifauna of Singapore. Nature Society (Singapore).

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.