Common Pochard

Scientific Name: Aythya ferina
Common Name: Common Pochard

Identifying Features: Male has long dark bill with a grey band, black breast, red eyes, grey back; Female has a brown head and body and a narrower grey bill-band.

Fun Facts:

  • They are migratory, and spend winter in the south and west of Europe.
  • These are gregarious birds, forming large flocks in winter, often mixed with other diving ducks such as the tufted duck, with which they are known to hybridise.


This image was clicked by Jose Luis Conceicao – via Flickr.

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