The Common pochard Bird is a medium-sized diving duck. The scientific name is derived from Greek aithuia an unidentified seabird mentioned by authors including Hesychius and Aristotle.
Common pochard Bird Facts:
Size: 45 cm
Voice: Rather quiet female sometimes purrs in flight
Range: Common winter visitor throughout lowlands. Less common in east
Habitat: All types of open water including village ponds
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Stocky, medium-sized with rich reddish-brown, wedge-shaped head, black breast, stern and tail. Grey body; large black bill with broad grey band; red eyes. Female more brown with pale cheeks and flanks. Both show black bordered grey bars in flight. Feeds by diving or dabbling, on aquatic plants, aquatic insects and small fish. Gregarious; forming large flocks in winter, often mixed with other diving ducks.
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