In winter and spring, male pochards are very distinctive. They have a bright reddish-brown head, a black breast and tail and a pale grey body. Females are more easily confused with other species; they are brown with a greyish body and pale cheeks.
However, during the 'eclipse' - when ducks grow new feathers - the males look very similar to the females. They become more camouflaged so that they don't draw the attention of predators.
What they eat:
Plants and seeds, snails, small fish and insects.
- UK breeding:
- 681 pairs
- UK wintering:
- 38,000 pairs
This bird species has different identifying features depending on sex/age/season.