Today's new bird in our annual Birdorable Bonanza is an Old World species of duck: the Common Pochard! The Common Pochard is a migratory duck found across parts of Europe and Asia. They are gregarious, found in large (sometimes mixed) flocks during... Read more »
The Common Pochard is a medium-sized species of duck found in parts of Europe and Asia. Their preferred habitat is marsh and lake water measuring a meter in depth or greater.
Common Pochards feed by diving or dabbling. They consume a wide variety of food items, including water insects, small fish, and aquatic plants.
An adult male Common Pochard can be recognized by its grey back, black breast, and red head. They resemble the Redhead of North America. Female Common Pochards are a dull shade of brown.