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03.02.2014

Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)


Scientific classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Anseriformes

Family: Anatidae

Genus: Aythya

Species: A. ferina

 

Description 

The pochard is a stocky diving duck, smaller than a mallard. The male is pale grey with a rusty red head and neck, and a black breast and tail. The female is brown with a dark head and blotchy cheeks. In flight, birds show a pale grey wing-stripe.

Range and Habitat

The species distributed in South Caucasus, Europe, Asia and Africa.  

Vegetated swamps, marshes, lakes and slow flowing rivers with areas of open water. In winter, opten on larger lakes, brackish coastal lagoons and tidal estuaries.

Behavior 

The Common Pochard dives with noticeable leap; moves feet to stir up vegetation. Often occurs in large flocks.

Diet

The species is omnivorous, its diet consisting of seeds, roots, rhizomes and the vegetative parts of grasses, sedges and aquatic plants, as well as aquatic insects and larvae, molluscs, crustaceans, worms, amphibians and small fish.

Reproduction

Lays 8-10 eggs in May. Only females incubate, for 24–26 days. Ducklings leave the nest soon to forage in broods, staying close to their mother, and learn to fly within 7–9 weeks.

Conservation status

The  species listed in IUCN Red List and evaluated as Least Concern.

 



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