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The male Red-crested Pochard in breeding plumage is a striking-looking drake, particularly when he raises his red crest. This handsome diving duck comes mainly from Southern Europe and Asia.
His bright red eyes match his scarlet bill
In some light he has a metallic green sheen on his black rump
Hobbies include diving . . .
. . . and flying
. . . and synchronised grooming (with Wigeon above).
The female Red-crested Pochard, as most female ducks, is much plainer.
She has one dress for all seasons, distinctive white cheeks and a black bill tipped with pink lipstick.
Female with pink-tipped bill and brown eyes ...
or sometimes horn-coloured bill tip.
The drake looks quite untidy during transition to eclipse plumage.
His eclipse (non-breeding) plumage looks similar to the female, but the fully red bill and red eyes are a giveaway.
Pair of Red-crested Pochards