Red-crested Pochard - Netta rufina


    Larger than a Pochard, the male has an orange-brown head with a red beak and pale flanks. Females are brown with pale cheeks. In flight they show whitish primaries. Occasional wild birds come to the UK from the Continent but the UK breeding birds almost certainly all come from escaped birds.

    Identification difficulty

    Found mainly in southern and eastern England, where breeding populations have become established following escapes from captivity. Occasional wild birds may occur.

    When to see it

    All year round

    Life History

    They dive, dabble and up-end for their food.

    UK Status

    Widespread in England, though never common

    VC55 Status

    A scarce winter bird of passage in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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