Mobile bird identification
Bird Field Guide


Aythya ferina
Order: Anseriformes

Family: Anatidae

Genus:  Aythya

Species: A. ferina
Note the reddish-brown head contrasting with the mostly grey body. In Summer the Male Pochard has the same plumage, however the head is more rofous, the body is duller and the black breast browner.

The Male Pochard has a reddish-brown head, black breast and pale grey body. It's bill is black with a large grey patch. The Pochard is a diving duck.

Adult Male Winter
Winter visitor
Resident bird
Passage Migrant
Summer visitor
Pochard distribution
General distribution:
Widespread resident breeder in the UK, more uncommon in Western Europe where it is a summer visitor. Around 500 pair nest in the UK, most of them resident. Numbers increase during the Winter months with up to 38,000 birds.
Whilst classified as a diving duck the Pochard often feeds on the surface like a dabbling duck.

The Pochard frequently cross-breeds with other similar species and hybrids are not uncommon.
The Pochard favours deeper water lakes and ponds but during the Winter it can be found in most freshwater habitats.
Overall, the female is a dull grey-brown bird. The pale facial markings and eye ring combined with the pale flanks help to identify it.
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Identifying a Pochard

Grey and black bill

Black breast

*Reddish-brown head
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Adult Female

Grey wings and flanks

Identifying a Female Pochard
Identifying a Male Pochard

Pale facial patches

Brown back with paler flanks

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female Pochard Flying

Mostly pale wings and body

White ring around eye

Male and Female Pochard
Wildfowl (Ducks)
Male Pochard Flying

*Pale grey wings with light wing bar

Grey and black bill