Note the reddish-brown head contrasting with the mostly grey body. In Summer the Male Pochard has the same plumage, however the head is more rofous, the body is duller and the black breast browner.
The Male Pochard has a reddish-brown head, black breast and pale grey body. It's bill is black with a large grey patch. The Pochard is a diving duck.
Adult Male Winter
General distribution: Widespread resident breeder in the UK, more uncommon in Western Europe where it is a summer visitor. Around 500 pair nest in the UK, most of them resident. Numbers increase during the Winter months with up to 38,000 birds.
Notes: Whilst classified as a diving duck the Pochard often feeds on the surface like a dabbling duck.
The Pochard frequently cross-breeds with other similar species and hybrids are not uncommon.
Habitat: The Pochard favours deeper water lakes and ponds but during the Winter it can be found in most freshwater habitats.