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POCHARD (Aythya ferina)

©Nigel Key Pochard (Slimbridge October 2008)

The Common Pochard, or Pochard, is a medium sized Diving Duck which feed by either diving or dabbling.

They often mix with other diving ducks, such as the Tufted Duck, to which they are known to hybridise.

Although widespread the Pochard is threatened by habitat loss, hunting and indirectly threatened through fishing. They are currently classed as Least Concern.

The Pochard is similar in appearance to the Redhead, but they can be identified by their Red eye rather than the Yellow eye of the latter.
(Compare the two Ducks.)

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Conservation Status

480mm (19")

Appearance - Male
The male has a long dark Grey bill with a Black tip and a light Grey band in between. It has a Chestnut Brown head and neck, Red eyes, a Black breast, a Grey back, flanks and tail. The legs and feet are Grey/Yellow.

Appearance - Female
The female has a Brown head and body, White belly and a narrower Grey band on the bill.

Wetlands, Lakes and Marshlands.

Aquatic Plants and Insects, Molluscs and small Fish.

Breeding Time
Late April to May.

The nest is built from vegetation put into natural hollows in the ground.

Quantity: 6 to 9
Colour: Greenish Grey.

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Pochard (WWT Slimbridge April 2013) - pic by Nigel Key Pochard (WWT Slimbridge April 2015) - pic by Nigel Key Pochard (WWT Slimbridge May 2015) - pic by Nigel Key
06/04/13 09/04/15 23/05/15
Pochard (WWT Slimbridge October 2008) - pic by Nigel Key Pochard (WWT Slimbridge October 2008) - pic by Nigel Key Pochard (WWT Slimbridge May 2012) - pic by Nigel Key
12/10/08 12/10/08 26/05/12
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Related Links:-

Tufted Duck -

Redhead v's Pochard

Diving Ducks -

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Breeding Habitat
British Isles, Northern Europe, Southern Scandinavia, Finland, Russia to Central Siberia, Romania, Austria and Hungary.
Winter Habitat or Migration Area
They winter in south and west Europe, North Africa, India, South China and Japan.

WWT Slimbridge Location - Pochard
Back From The Brink Zone - WWT Slimbridge
© Nigel Key Back From The Brink Zone (WWT Slimbridge November 2013)

The Pochard can be found in the Back From The Brink Zone, along with the following wildfowl:-
Eurasian Crane
Eurasian Wigeon
Northern Pintail
Northern Shoveler
Tufted Duck
Back From The Brink Zone (WWT Slimbridge)

WWT Slimbridge Wildfowl (Listed Alphabetically)
A-B  | C-F  | G-L  | M-R  | S-Z
Wildfowl M to R
Maccoa Duck
Madagascar Teal
Magpie Goose
Magellan Goose
Marbled Teal
Muscovy Duck
Mute Swan
Northern Pintail
Northern Shoveler
Orinoco Goose
Pacific Black Duck
Patagonian Crested Duck
Philippine Duck
Pink-Eared Duck
Pink-Footed Goose
Plumed Whistling Duck
Puna Teal
Radjah Shelduck
Red-Billed Teal
Red-Breasted Goose
Red-Crowned Crane
Red-Crested Pochard
Red Shoveler
Ring-Necked Duck
Ringed Teal
Ross's Goose
Ruddy Duck
Ruddy-Headed Goose
Ruddy Shelduck