Adult males have an oxide-red body, a blue beak, and a white face with a black top head. Adult females have a greyish-brown body, blackish head, and bill, with a whitelist horizontally crossing the whitish cheek and throat, and neck.
Marshes, ponds, freshwater lakes; in winter, saltwater bays. It breeds in freshwater and alkaline lakes and ponds with extensive marshy borders and open sea areas. In winter it lives in sheltered shallow bays and estuaries along the coast.
It feeds on seeds and roots of plants and herbs. It also feeds on aquatic insects, crustaceans, and sometimes isolated small fish. Insects and their larvae can become the main food source in summer.
Migratory birds with a greater probability of sighting in winter and spring.
Freshwater bodies and lagoons near the estuary.