The Red-crested pochard is a large diving duck that lives throughout Europe, Asia and Northern Africa. Red-crested pochards are the largest of the pochards.
Red-crested pochard behavior and facts
- The male red-crested pochard has a rounded orange head, a red bill and a black breast.
- The female is mostly brown with a darker brown crown and splashes of white on its face.
- Red-crested pochards are social birds that form large flocks in winter, often sharing the company of other diving duck species.
- They dive and dabble to get at the roots, seeds and aquatic plants that they eat.
- Males and non-breeding red-crested pochards molt and become flightless for four weeks between June and August.
From birth to death
- The nest of the red-crested pochard is constructed on the ground in dense vegetation near water.
- During courtship, the male brings the female food offerings.
- Females lay 8 to 10 pale green eggs and incubate them alone for 26-28 days.
- Red-crested pochards are 20-23 inches long.
- They weigh up to 2 pounds.
IUCN Least concern
Red-crested pochards, the Oregon Zoo and you
The zoo's red-crested pochards live in the Africa Rainforest Aviary.