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Common Pochard/Fuligule milouin

Aythya ferina


The male common Pochard (pictured here) has a dark bill with a grey band, a bright reddish head and neck, a black breast, striking red eyes and a grey back. The female (not shown) is less bright, with a brown head and body and a narrower grey bill-band. These ducks are migratory, and spend the winter in Southern and Western Europe as well as North Africa.


Found on the shores of lakes and ponds. Shown here spending the winter on Lake Geneva in the company of other diving ducks such as tufted ducks (second shot). Distribution: Eurasian.


This duck is closely related to the smaller ferriginous duck (Aythya nyroca), the plumage of which is almost entirely brown:

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DanielePralong 6 years ago

Thanks Satyen!

Wild Things
Wild Things 6 years ago

Lovely shot. especially of the habitat, could use it as a wallpaper, and great information too.

DanielePralong 6 years ago

Thank you Arlanda!

arlanda 6 years ago

Beautiful picture Daniele, congratulations

DanielePralong 6 years ago

Thanks again FrancisQuintana!

DanielePralong 6 years ago

Thank you Ismael!

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 6 years ago

So beautiful!

DanielePralong 6 years ago

Thanks you very much Marta and Sarah! Other migratory duck species have arrived and settled here, but today was quite miserable and grey for pics so I'm hoping to be able to go back down there soon on a sunny day...

SarahWhitt 6 years ago

YAY! Another duck for my collection!! And, what a beauty!! Thanks, Daniele!! :)

The MnMs
The MnMs 6 years ago

Nice! I also see these ducks around here but always too far for a good picture :-)

Vevey, Vaud, Switzerland

Lat: 46.46, Long: 6.84

Spotted on Jan 7, 2012
Submitted on Jan 7, 2012


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