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Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)


The Pochard has a length of 46 cm and can weigh between 700 g – 1,100 g. both have a pale, silver-grey wing bar along their underwing. Males have a grey band across its bill, has black on its breast and underneath the tail, a reddish-chestnut head and neck, red eye-ring and pale grey on its side. Females have a paler back than a Scaup, with mainly brown all around the body, with lighter parts on their face, forehead and neck. Pochards’ often feed at night, and up-ends for food as the characteristic diving manner of diving ducks.


The Pochard live in reedy freshwater lakes in the summer, then change to more open waters in the waters, which includes reservoirs.


The Common Pochard feed on aquatic plants primarily, they also include some insects and other invertebrates in their diet.

Protection Status 

This species is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

Interesting facts

Pochards’ often form large flocks with other diving ducks, such as the Tufted duck in the winter.

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