Red-Crested Pochard

Netta rufina


53cm to 57cm


85cm to 80cm


900g to 1.4kg

Red-Crested Pochard

About the Red-Crested Pochard

The red-crested pochard is a diving duck that is slightly larger than a pochard in size. Males have a head that is orange and brown, pale flanks and a red beaks. Females have pale cheeks and are brown all over.

The breeding population in the UK has most certainly all come from escaped birds, but occasional wild birds do come from Europe over to the UK. In Europe, Spain has a large population. France, Germany and the Netherlands have good number of red-crested pochards, but much smaller populations than Spain.

What does a Red-Crested Pochard eat?

Their diets consist of roots, stems and seeds of aquatic vegetation.

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