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Duck  Pochard

Pochard - Photo  Copyright 2003 Gary Bradley
Photo: G. Bradley

UK Safari Tip:
Get help identifying wetland birds with the beautifully illustrated fold out ID chart in the Nature shop - click here

Latin name: Aythya ferina

Size: Approximately 45cms.

Distribution: Found in most of the UK except upland areas.

Months seen: All year round.

Food: Pochards are diving ducks feeding mostly on pond weed and other aquatic vegetation. They also eat some insects.

Habitat: Ponds, lakes, reservoirs and gravel pits.

Special features: The male pochard has grey flanks, a black chest and rump and a distinctive reddish-brown head and neck. The eyes are bright red. The bill is black with a grey stripe across the middle.

Click for a better viewThe female pochard is mostly brown with a greyish back and flanks. There is usually a pale band around the bill.

Although they can be seen all year, they are more noticeable in winter when the resident population is swelled by migrants arriving from Russia.

Did You Know?
Pochards do most of their eating at night.

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