Hardhead (Aythya australis)

The hardhead bird, also known as the white-eyed duck or the white-eyed pochard, is a species of diving duck that can be found throughout Europe, Asia, and parts of Africa. It is a medium-sized bird, with males typically larger than females, and is easily recognized by its distinctive white eyes.

Hardhead birds are typically found in wetland habitats, such as marshes, swamps, and shallow lakes. They are diving ducks, which means that they spend much of their time underwater, where they feed on a variety of aquatic plants, invertebrates, and small fish.

The hardhead bird is known for its social behavior, often forming large flocks during the winter months. Males are also known for their elaborate courtship displays, which involve a variety of vocalizations and physical movements to attract a mate.

Despite their relatively large populations, hardhead birds face a number of threats in the wild. Habitat loss and degradation are major threats, as wetlands are often drained or converted for human use. Pollution and hunting are also significant concerns, particularly in areas where hardhead birds are considered a game species.

Conservation efforts to protect the hardhead bird have largely focused on the preservation and restoration of wetland habitats. In addition, regulations on hunting have been put in place in many countries to help ensure that populations remain stable.

Overall, the hardhead bird is a fascinating species with unique adaptations and behaviors. Its survival is largely dependent on the protection of wetland habitats, and efforts to conserve these important ecosystems will continue to be crucial for the long-term health of this and many other species that call them home.

Other names

Aythya australis




morell australià



australska patka

polák australský

Australsk Taffeland

Australische Witoogeend


Fuligule austral


Moretta australiana


australinė šalminė antis


podgorzałka australijska


Австралийский нырок

Australijska patka njorka

chochlačka hnedastá

Porrón australiano

australisk dykand

Avustralya Patkası

чернь австралійська

austraalia vart

ausztrál cigányréce

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