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The ruff (Philomachus pugnax) is a medium-sized wading bird that breeds in marshes and wet meadows across northern Eurasia. It has a long neck, a small head, a rather short slightly droopy bill and medium-long orange or reddish leg. The male is much larger than the female , and has a breeding plumage that includes brightly coloured head tufts, bare orange facial skin, extensive black on the breast, and the large collar of ornamental feathers that inspired this bird's English name.
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