(Last Updated on : 28-08-2015)
Red-Crested Pochard is an Indian bird
with a scientific name "Netta rufina
" is a large diving duck, concentrated in the Indian states like Madhya Pradesh
, and Jharkhand
Concentration of Red-Crested Pochard
Red-crested pochard has the breeding habitat in lowland marshes and lakes in southern Europe and Central Asia, wintering in the Indian Subcontinent and Africa. It is somewhat migratory and northern bird that moves further south and North Africa.
Structure of Red-Crested Pochard
The adult male of Red-Crested Pochard is unmistakable. It has a rounded orange head, red bill and black breast. The flanks are white, the back brown, and the tail black. The female is mainly a pale brown, with a darker back and crown and a whitish face. Eclipse males are like females but with red bills. They are gregarious birds, forming large flocks in winter, often mixed with other diving ducks, such as common pochards.
Feedings of Red-Crested Pochard
Red-Crested Pochard feeds mainly by diving or dabbling. They eat aquatic plants, and typically upend for food more than most diving ducks. A wheezing veht call can be given by the male. There are the Red-crested pochard with the series of hoarse vrah-vrah-vrah calls can also be heard from females.
Nestlings of Red-Crested Pochard
Red-Crested Pochards build nests by the lakeside among vegetation and lay 8-12 pale green eggs. The birds status in the British Isles is much confused because there have been many escapes and deliberate releases over the years, as well as natural visitors from the continent. However, it is most likely that there are escapees that are now breeding wild and have built up a successful feral population. They are most numerous around areas of England including Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire.
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