(Netta Erythrophthalma)
S/African Shelduck South Georgian Pintal

Lesser Flamingo Zone - Slimbridge
The Southern Pochard found in Lesser Flamingo Zone, SlimbridgeMap (Slimbridge)
South America/Africa
Breeding Habitat - South America/Africa
The South American Pochard has a fragmented range and is found from Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Argentina to Chile. The African population extends from Ethiopia down to South Africa..
Winter Habitat or Migration Area
Migrate northwards during the dry season.

Conservation Status

510mm (20") Average

Appearance - Drake
The male has a Black head, Red Eyes and Light Grey bill with a Black tip. The neck and breast have a Purple iridescence, Chestnut Brown flanks, dark Brown upper-parts and tail. The legs and feet are dark Grey.

Appearance - Duck
The female Red/Brown head with a darker crown, Brown eyes and a Grey bill. The cheeks have a White crescent, the throat is White, Brown under-parts, White under-tail and dark Brown upper-parts.

Wetlands and shallow Lakes with submerged vegetation.

Aquatic Plants and Insects. Seeds, Sedges, Roots, Larvae and Molluscs.

Breeding Time
March to December depending upon location.

The nest is built from plant material in a basin shape, concealed in vegetation close to water.

Quantity: 6 to 15.
Colour: Creamy White to Brownish.

Slimbridge Wildfowl S - Z
Shelduck (Tadorna Tadorna)
Smew (Mergellus Albellus)
Snow Goose (Anser or Chen Caerulescens)
South African Shelduck (Tadorna Cana)
Southern Pochard (Netta Erythrophthalma)
Southern Screamer (Chauna Torquata)
Spur-winged Goose (Plectropterus Gambensis)
Swan Goose (Anser Cygnoides)
Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus Buccinator)
Tufted Duck (Aythya Fuligula)
Wandering Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna Arcuata)
West Indian Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna Arborea)
White-Cheeked Pintail (Anas Bahamensis)
White-faced Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna Viduata)
White-fronted Goose (Anser Albifrons)
White-headed Duck (Oxyura Leucocephala)
Whooper Swan (Cygnus Cygnus)
Yellow-Billed Duck (Anas Undulata)
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S/African Shelduck South Georgian Pintail
Southern Pochard
©Nigel Key Southern Pochard (Slimbridge March 2011)

The Southern Pochard is a diving duck and feeds by dabbling or up-ending or diving mainly at night.

The male Southern Pochard is similar in appearance to the Ferruginous Duck but is distinguishable by the Red eye rather than the White eye of the latter.

The Southern Pochard population is threatned by habitat loss and has declined over recent years but due to the size of the population it is currently classed as Least Concern.
   Hear the Southern Pochard's Call:-

Photographs ©Nigel Key, Click thumbnail to enlarge.
Female Southern Pochard (Slimbridge May 2014) Male Southern Pochard (Slimbridge July 2014) Male Southern Pochard (Slimbridge May 2015)
Female 17/05/14
Male 22/07/14
Male 23/05/15
Male Southern Pochard (Slimbridge March 2014) Female Southern Pochard (Slimbridge March 2014) Male Southern Pochard (Slimbridge May 2014)
Male 16/03/14
Female 16/03/14
Male 17/05/14
Male Southern Pochard (Slimbridge August 2011) Male Southern Pochard (Slimbridge May 2012) Male Southern Pochard (Slimbridge September 2012)
Male 15/08/11
Male 26/05/12
Male 08/09/12
Southern Pochard (Slimbridge March 2011) Southern Southern Pochard (Slimbridge March 2011) Male Southern Pochard (Slimbridge April 2011)
Male 25/3/11
Female 25/3/11
Male 09/04/11

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