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Red-crested Pochard - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by pale42
Malaga, Spain
Netta rufina


Photo © by the late Mahsleb
Abberton Reservoir, Essex, UK

53–58 cm (20¾-22¾ in)

  • Rounded orange head
  • Red bill
  • Black breast
  • White flanks
  • Brown back
  • Black tail


  • Pale brown
  • Darker back and crown
  • Whitish face


Male in eclipse plumage - wintering in India
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Sultanpur National Park, Gurgaon, Haryana, India, December-2017

Locally in Southern Europe from the Mediterranean basin to southern and central Asia.

Northern populations may move south into north Africa for the winter.

A popular species in wildfowl collections, so escapes can appear anywhere.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Their breeding habitat is lowland marshes and lakes; their preference is for deep water, both fresh and brackish.



Photo © by I4ani
Doñana, Spain, 2009

A diving duck, though they also 'dabble' for their food, which is mainly aquatic plants, roots, seeds and will also forage on potatoes.


They nest beside freshwater lakes laying 8-12 pale green eggs.



  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2016)
  3. Wikipedia

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