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Red-crested pochard

Netta rufina


The adult male of this diving duck is unmistakable (all photos). It has a black tail and breast, whitish flanks and light brownish back. It shows a conspicuous orange and rounded head, with red bill and red eyes. The female (seen on photo 6) is mainly a pale brown, with a darker back and crown and a whitish face. The eclipse male is like the female.


Small lake in Jura mountain range, close to marshes in pays de Gex in France. Red-crested pochards are gregarious birds, and a small group was observed in this lake, mixed with other ducks and grebes.

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Zlatan Celebic
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Zlatan Celebic

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Tromelin Island

Spotted on May 26, 2015
Submitted on Oct 22, 2016

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