Southern Pochard (Netta erythrophthalma)

The Southern Pochard, also known as the Red-crested Pochard, is a medium-sized diving duck that is predominantly found in Europe and Asia. They are recognized for their striking appearance, with males sporting a bright red head and a distinctive black face. Females, on the other hand, have a more muted brown look.

Southern Pochards are typically found in wetlands and other shallow-water habitats, including lakes, rivers, and marshes. They are known to be opportunistic feeders, and their diet can consist of anything from plant material to small invertebrates.

Breeding typically occurs between April and May, and both males and females take part in building the nest and caring for the offspring. Female Southern Pochards lay between 8 and 12 eggs, which then incubate for around 25 days.

Conservation-wise, the Southern Pochard is listed as "Least Concern" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). However, there are concerns about the possible impact of habitat loss and over-hunting. In some countries, there are also issues arising from the hybridization of Southern Pochards with the closely related Common Pochard species.

To wrap up, the Southern Pochard is an interesting and visually stunning bird that can be found in various wetland habitats across parts of Europe and Asia. While it is not currently considered to be at significant conservation risk, it is essential that efforts are made to maintain populations and prevent further habitat destruction and hunting pressures that could endanger this beautiful species.

Other names

Netta erythrophthalma



Southern Pochard

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