Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea, Огарь, Կարմիր բադ
Distribution and biological peculiarities in Armenia: The species occupies Southeast europe, central and east asia. The species is monotypic. The species is distributed throughout Armenia on lakes and reservoirs of various sizes and adjacent mountain steppe. Year-round resident. It breeds far from water in crevices in cliffs, fox or other animal burrows, and in burrows excavated by the nesting pair, also in hollow trees, having from 8 to 16 eggs in the clutch. The fledglings are observed in June-August. The food of the species is mainly consisting of tender green shoots and the seeds of terrestrial vegetation, agricultural grains such as millet and wheat, littoral crustaceans such as shrimps, aquatic and terrestrial insects (especially Locusts), aquatic molluscs, small fish, frogs, amphibian spawn and worms.
Population dynamics: According to the last estimation, population of the species makes from 50 to 100 breeding pairs. Population trend during last ten years demonstrates______________. The most probable reasons are supposed to be ___________________________________.
Conservation Measures: At current the breeding populations of the species are protected in ______________. Parts of the breeding and migratory ranges are included in the Emerald Network, protected under Bern Convention. The proposed conservation measures include increase of Emerald Sites for protection of the species.