Ferruginous Pochard

Aythya nyroca

Armenian Name: Սպիտակաաչք սուզաբադ
Species Status: Endangered Species - Species of Special Concern
Ferruginous Pochard

See Plate 18 for Ferruginous Pochard and other similar species

Resident Status: Year-round resident
Abundance: Uncommon
Length:38-42 cm, Wing Span:63-67 cm
Distribution Map: Map 80.
Description: Dark diving duck with white undertail coverts. Males have dark red-brown head, breast, and flanks; white eye. Females browner and duller with dark eye. In flight, wide bright white wing stripe extends almost to tip of wing.
Behavior: Swims high in water often with tail cocked upward. Dives frequently.
Habitat: Vegetated lakes, marshes, rivers.
Food: Aquatic vegetation, invertebrates.
Nest: Platform of reeds lined with down, floating or in reed thicket.
Eggs: 53 mm, 8-11, pale brown.