Common Pochard

Distribution

Breed in much of temperate and northern Europe into Asia; and migrate south to winter in southern and west of Europe.  In the British Isles, they breed in eastern England and lowland Scotland, and to a lesser extent in Northern Ireland. Many of them overwinter in Great Britain, after leaving their summer territories in Russia and Scandinavia, where they breed in marshes and lakes with a meter or more water depth.

Description

The adult male has a long dark bill with a grey band, a red head and neck, a black breast, red eyes and a grey back.

The adult female has a brown head and body and a narrower grey bill band. The triangular head shape is distinctive.

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Common Pochard

Common Pochard

Bill Shape
spatulate
Regions
alaska
aleutians
california
hawaii
oregon
quebec
Tail Shape
rounded-tail
Wing Shape
pointed-wings
Habitat
lakes rivers ponds
Color
gray
Body Shape
duck
Size
large
Order
ducks, geese and swans - anatidae
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species