|My favourite sign on the way into Weybourne|
|Ruff (Philomachus Pugnare)|
So, here are the facts:
|A Ruffled Ruff!|
- They only really Winter in some very specific places such as South-Eastern Ireland and South England.
- They are only resident in Western Norfolk but not many do. There are much more that Winter as I shall explain below.
- There are only, at most, 11 breeding Females in the whole of the UK but as I said there are more that Winter here, about 850 birds.
|Pair of Ruffs|
- Because of this, they are a Red Status. The true reason is because of a recent population decline.
- Their Scientific name (Philomachus Pugnare) means pugnacious to fight. I'm guessing that that means that they want to fight or are very good fighters.
- They are 25cm long with a 53cm wingspan. Males weigh a hefty 180g and Females a good 110g.
|Ruff on a different day|
- They start breeding 2 years and usually live for 4 years. The oldest was 9 years and 25 days old.
- The Female's ring size is a relatively large C while the Male is a larger D.
RSPB - Ruffs
BTO Birdfacts - Ruffs
Hope you enjoyed,