Red Crested Pochard

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[ Bufflehead ] [ Ferruginous ]   [ Smew ]
[ Greater Scaup ] [ Lesser Scaup ] [ Hooded Merganser ]
[ Rosy Billed Pochard ] [ Redhead Pochard ] [ Red Crested Pochard ]
[ Tufted ]



The male is unmistakable with his flamboyantly red head, white flanks and ridiculously pink bill. The female is subtler, browner in tone with pale cheeks and a dark cap recalling a female Common Scoter but with a longer, slimmer bill and longer, paler body. In flight, Red-crested Pochards of both sexes have a much more extensive white wing bar than any other European duck; all the secondary and all the primaries look almost completely white in the field, making a stunning sight when seen in a large flock.

These are gregarious birds, forming large flocks in winter, often mixed with other diving ducks, such as Pochards.

These birds feed mainly by diving or dabbling. They eat aquatic plants, and typically upend for food more than most diving ducks.


Red-crested Pochards build a nest by the lakeside among vegetation and lay 8-12 pale green eggs.


General Comments

The Red-Crested Pochards are vary easy to raise in a mixed aviary.


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Red Crested Drake

Red Crested Hen

Red Crested Pair

Red Crested Drake

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