Scientific Name: Tadorna tadorna
Population Estimate: 600K- 700K
Range / Habitat: Found throughout Europe, Asia and down to northern Africa primarily in brackish waters and mudflats. They are somewhat migratory in this range.
Field Notes: Striking, medium-sized ducks with black heads and largely white bodies broken up with a vertical brown strip near the front and a black strips horizontally down the body. Male and female are similar except for the breeding male which has the bright red bill with prominence on it.
Personal Notes: Seen in vivo in the Po River Delta near Venice, Italy. The above photo taken of a bird at Disney's Animal Kingdom.