Red-Crested Pochard (Slimbridge March 2014)
The Red-Crested Pochard is a Diving Duck from southern Europe and central Asia.
The Red-Crested Pochard is a gregarious bird forming large flocks in winter and often mix with other diving ducks such as the Common Pochard.
A feral population of Red Crested Pochard has been established in the United Kingdom which have more than likely formed from escapees.
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530mm to 550mm (21" to 22")
Appearance - Male
The male has a rounded Orange/Red head, a Red bill and Black breast. The flanks are White, the back Brown with a Black tail. The eyes are Red and the legs and feet are Orange/Red.
Appearance - Female
The female has mainly Brown plumage with a darker back and crown and a Whitish face with a Grey/Brown bill. The eyes are Brown and the legs and feet are Grey/Pink.
Lakes, Rivers and Coastal areas.
Aquatic Plants, Insects, Larvae and Small Aquatic Animals.
April to early June
The nest is built from roots, twigs and leaves and lined with down, amongst vegetation close to water.
Quantity: 8 to 12
Colour: Pale Green.