Pochard

Aythya ferina (Linneaus, 1758)

Male Pochard have distinctive red heads, and black chests and tails. The rest of their body is pale grey. Females are more subdued, with brown head, chest and tail, and a pale grey body.

Pochard

Identification

Male Pochard have distinctive red heads, and black chests and tails. The rest of their body is pale grey. Females are more subdued, with brown head, chest and tail, and a pale grey body.

ORDER

Anseriformes

FAMILY

Anatidae

TYPE

Waterfowl

Pochard are sparsely distributed around the coast of England. In winter months, some individuals move inland, and numbers are boosted by migrants from Eastern Europe and Russia. Pochard are uncommon visitors to Wyke Farm, only occassionally seen in winter.

Lakes and large reservoirs

Plant material, snails, small fish and invertebrates

Rare winter visitor to Wyke Farm

MONTHS - SEASONALITY
Jan
Feb
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LATIN NAME

Aythya ferina

LENGTH (CM)

46

WINGSPAN (CM)

77

WEIGHT (G)

1000

AVERAGE LIFESPAN (YRS)

3

CONSERVATION STATUS
  • Amber: moderate conservation concern
  • Green: low conservation concern
  • Introduced: non-native species
  • Red: high conservation concern

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