Red-crested Pochard

Rhodonessa rufina (Netta Rufina) - Anatidae - Anseriformes. | Gajoldoba
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Red-crested Pochard



The red-crested pochard (Netta rufina) is a medium-sized diving duck that is native to parts of Europe and Asia. It is known for its striking appearance, with the male having a bright red head and bill, black breast and tail, and gray body and wings. The female is a mottled brown color, which provides camouflage when nesting.


Red-crested pochards are strong and agile swimmers, with webbed feet that are adapted for diving. They feed primarily on aquatic plants and invertebrates, and are also known to consume small fish and amphibians. The species is sexually dimorphic, with the male having the distinctive red crest and black breast while the female is brown and lacks the crest.


The red-crested pochard is a monogamous species that forms pair bonds that can last for several years. During the breeding season, they build nests near the water's edge using plant material and down feathers. The female lays a clutch of up to 12 eggs, which she incubates for approximately 25-28 days. The ducklings are precocial, meaning they are born with down feathers and are able to swim and feed themselves shortly after hatching.

Distribution and Habitat

Red-crested pochards are found in parts of Europe and Asia, including the Mediterranean region, the Black Sea, and Central Asia. They inhabit a variety of wetland habitats, including lakes, ponds, and rivers.


Conservation efforts are underway to protect the remaining populations of red-crested pochards and their habitat. This includes measures such as habitat restoration, protected areas, and regulation of hunting and trade. In addition, research is ongoing to better understand the species' ecology and behavior, which can inform conservation strategies.