Common Pochard

About the Common Pochard

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.
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Details & Statistics

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Hatched on 29 November 2017
Scientific Name
Aythya ferina
  • Anseriformes
  • Anatidae
  • Aythya
  • A. ferina
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Conservation Status
Vulnerable (as of 26 July 2018)
VU
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Measurements
Units: Imperial / Metric
16 to 19 inches
28 to 32 inches
16.5 to 44 ounces

Range

Conservation

From IUCN Red List:
The Common Pochard is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2015 by BirdLife International. This species has an extremely large range in both the breeding season and in winter, and an extremely large population. The population was not thought to be declining sufficiently rapidly to approach the threshold for Vulnerable under the population size reduction criterion. However new information suggests the population has declined rapidly across the majority of the range, and it has therefore been uplisted to Vulnerable. Although the species might be expected to benefit from a reduction in eutrophication, this does not appear to have been the case.

International Names

Chinese 红头潜鸭
Czech polák velký
Danish Taffeland
Dutch Tafeleend
Finnish punasotka
French Fuligule milouin
German Tafelente
Italian Moriglione
Japanese ホシハジロ [hoshihajiro]
Korean 흰죽지
Norwegian Taffeland
Polish głowienka
Portuguese Zarro-comum
Russian Красноголовый нырок
Spanish Porrón Europeo
Swedish brunand
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