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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: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/689... http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/618...