Common Pochard

Aythya ferina

Armenian Name: Կարմրագլուխ սուզաբադ
Common Pochard

See Plate 18 for Common Pochard and other similar species

Resident Status: Year-round resident
Abundance: Common
Length:42-49 cm, Wing Span:72-82 cm
Distribution Map: Map 79.
Description: Pale gray band across center of bill. Male: brownish-red head and neck, pale gray back, black breast and undertail coverts. Female: gray-brown with wide pale eyering and pale patch at base of bill.
Similar Species: Both sexes differ from all other ducks by pale gray band across center of bill and entirely pale gray wing stripe seen in flight.
Behavior: Dives with noticeable leap; moves feet to stir up vegetation. Often occurs in large flocks.
Habitat: Lakes, rivers, large marshes.
Food: Aquatic plants, insects, mollusks, small fish, amphibians.
Nest: Platform of reeds lined with down in ponds and reedbeds.
Eggs: 62 mm, 8-10, greenish-gray.