Top 12 Beautiful Species of Ducks Found in India

Here is the list of strongly migratory dabbling ducks found in India during the winter months, The migratory duck like waterfowl found in India also include Bar Headed Goose, Cotton Pygmy Goose and Greylag goose.

Pink headed duck is the Critically Endangered diving duck found only in Gangetic plains of India and riverine swamps of Myanmar, Bangladesh.

Lesser Whistling Duck

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Lesser Whistling Duck breeds in the Indian subcontinent and distributed widely across lowland wetlands. They feed mainly on water plants and found in urban wetlands of Santragachi in Kolkata.

Ruddy Shelduck


Ruddy Shelduck is known as Brahminy duck in India, one of the most beautiful and distinctive waterfowl. Brahminy duck is a large waterfowl having orange brown body plumage.

Northern Shoveler


Northern Shoveler spends winter in the Indian subcontinent and breeds in Europe and Asia. This species a bird of open wetlands and a strongly migratory bird found in India.

Indian Spot Billed Duck


Indian Spot Billed Duck is a non migratory large dabbling duck, found in freshwater wetlands of the Indian subcontinent. The spot billed duck is the most common species of waterfowl of India.

Northern Pintail


Northern Pintail is a migratory duck wintering in India. Pintail preferred habitats of shallow and freshwater ponds, lakes and backwaters of dams.

Eurasian Teal


Eurasian Teal also known as common teal is the small dabbling duck, commonly found in aquatic inlets and lagoons. Common teal duck wintering in India in large numbers of 37,000.

Common Pochard

Common Pochard is a diving duck found in number of countries. Distribution and habitat of Common Pochard in India includes freshwater lakes, ponds,marshes and dam backwaters.

Garganey Duck


Garganey dabbling ducks are migratory and arrive to India during the winter season,particularly in Santragachi Jheel. Santragachi attracts number of migratory birds in India during the winter months such as Knob Billed Duck and Cotton Pygmy Goose.

Tufted Duck

Tufted Duck is another small diving duck, found in large flocks on open water druing the winter in India. Coastal lagoons, marshes and lakes of north and east India are the common wintering ground for Tufted ducks.

Knob Billed Duck


Knob Billed Duck also known as comb ducks are one of the largest species of duck found in India. The comb ducks are found in the wetlands of Africa, Madagascar and India.

Falcated Duck

Falcated ducks are dabbling ducks and strongly migratory bird of India. These ducks migrates through the Atlantic Ocean and spend winter in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Assam.

Mallard Duck

Mallard is a dabbling duck that live in wetlands of India. The large freshwater dabbling duck breed in north Kashmir and also found in the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.

Goose birds found in India include Bar headed goose, Greylag goose,Cotton pygmy goose, white fronted goose, Red breasted goose, bean goose and swans include Mute swan, Tundra swan and Whooper swan.

Bar-headed Goose


Bar headed goose come to India during the winter season and said to be the model for the Hamsa of Indian mythology. The species seen flying over Mount Everest and is one of the world’s highest-flying birds.


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