The male Red-crested Pochard has a rounded orange head, black breast, grey-brown back, white flanks, and black tail. The male also has a bright red beak, red eyes, and red-orange legs and feet.
The female has a dark brown crown and nape with white cheeks, brownish eyes, upperparts are brown with underparts being lighter brown. The beak is dark grey-brown with pinkish tip, and the legs and feet are grey-pink.
The male in eclipse plumage is very similar to the female but retains the red eyes and bright red beak.
Typical Adult is about 55cm (22in).
Mainly aquatic vegetation, leaves, stems, roots, seeds, also occasionally insects, larvae, small aquatic animals.
- Lowland marshes and well-vegetated lakes in Europe, mainly in France and Spain and Central Asia. Winters in the Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea, Caspian Sea, the Indian Subcontinent and northern Africa.
Mid-April to early June.
8 to 12 (pale green colour).
River Cottage's collection of Pochards changes regularly. Please visit us regularly to keep up-to-date with our flock
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