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Ruff – Reflections of the Pure World

Western Europe Birds & Birding (#16/52): From the Highland Willow Scrub of Scotland to the Aegean Islands within the Sea of Crete, Western Europe is dwelling to over 800 resident, migratory and vagrant birds. From songbirds to gamebirds and from waterfowl to raptors, you could find birds nearly in each nook and cranny of this lovely space. *All photographs showcased on this weblog sequence have been taken and edited by me.

A Reflections of the Pure World Weblog Submit Collection by Jim Achieve

The Ruff (Calidris pugnax) is an interesting wader fowl with distinctive options.

@ Cley & Salthouse Marshes NWT NR–Cley Marshes, Norfolk County, England

Bodily Traits:

The Ruff reveals sexual dimorphism, with men and women displaying totally different plumage in the course of the breeding season. Males have a putting look, with a ruff of elongated feathers round their necks, which they will puff as much as entice females. Their plumage varies, with some males sporting a mixture of black, white, and reddish-brown colours. Females and non-breeding males have extra subdued plumage, sometimes brown or grey. Their legs are lengthy and slender, tailored for wading in wetlands and marshes.

Male (left) and feminine (proper) @ Santa Fe Grade Rd., Merced County, California

Eating regimen:

Ruffs are omnivorous and feed on quite a lot of objects. Their food plan consists of bugs, worms, crustaceans, and plant matter. Through the breeding season, males concentrate on high-protein meals to gas their courtship shows.

@ Titchwell Marsh RSPB Reserve, Norfolk County, England

Abundance and Distribution:

Ruffs breed throughout an unlimited space, spanning from Scandinavia to Siberia. They favor wetlands, marshes, and coastal habitats. Their migration routes prolong to Africa, the place they spend the non-breeding season. In North America, an everyday stray close to each coasts, much less frequent within the inside. Discovered considerably extra typically in fall than in spring. The abundance of Ruffs varies throughout their vary, with some populations experiencing declines as a result of habitat loss and disturbance.

@ Ceres Water Remedy Plant, Stanislaus County, CA

IUCN Pink Record Standing:

The Ruff was assessed by the Worldwide Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and as of the final evaluation, it falls beneath the Least Concern class, indicating that it’s not at present at instant danger of extinction. Nevertheless, conservation efforts are essential to take care of their populations, particularly contemplating the threats posed by habitat degradation and local weather change.

For extra info, you may discover the IUCN Pink Record and study in regards to the conservation standing of assorted species.

@ Cley & Salthouse Marshes NWT NR–Cley Marshes, Norfolk County, England


Ruff 01 Jan 1986 Moss Touchdown–Jetty Highway, north jetty & State Seashore | US-CA

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