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Pochard

Aythya ferina

2 Species ID Suggestions

redhead duck
Aythya americana Redhead (bird)


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9 Comments

FaredinAliyevski
FaredinAliyevski 8 years ago

Ok thanks a lot...I did it!

I don't think you need to delete because all 4 pictures show the Pochard and the subsequent text will help others in the future. The 3rd picture you could add as a second spotting for the Red-crested Pochard.

FaredinAliyevski
FaredinAliyevski 8 years ago

Yes, I agree with Malcolm but I will do some serious research on identification of this 2 different species once i get more time so I will delete all the pictures but the first one.

Here is a picture of a Redhead for comparison: http://www.birdforum.net/opus/Aythya_ame...

The americana Redhead does not have a black base to the bill, it is pale blue, and also it does not have a red eye, which seems to rule that out. I think pictures 1 and 2 show the Pochard (Aythya ferina) in very fresh male plumage. Picture 3 shows a Pochard with a Red Crested Pochard (Netta rufina). Picture 4 looks like an immature Pochard.

FaredinAliyevski
FaredinAliyevski 8 years ago

I just put 3 more pictures including a female (I guess). Thanks for your comments!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 8 years ago

Thanks for your reply! If you have a chance post some more pictures of them :-)

FaredinAliyevski
FaredinAliyevski 8 years ago

Hi DanielePralong, it is not taken in a bird park. It's just in a small city park's lake. I think it's there constantly and there are few more of them.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 8 years ago

Hi FaredinAliyevski! As suggested by S Frazier this duck seems to be a redhead, rather than the more common pochard. The redhead is an American duck and a rare vagrant to Europe. Would this picture have been taken at a bird park by any chance?

FaredinAliyevski
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Roskilde, Denmark

Spotted on Jun 2, 2011
Submitted on Dec 2, 2012

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