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Pochards are round-bodied, big-headed, rather silent birds of deep water; they dive well, with closed wings, to feed chiefly on aquatic plants. All lack a metallic wing mark, but most species show some white in the wings. Drakes commonly are black or gray with red heads, hens are plain brown. The nest is either a scraped hollow or a mound of reeds, and the hen lays 7–17 buff or dark greenish eggs. Along seacoasts and on the bigger lakes, where most species spend the winter, “rafts” of pochards are a familiar sight
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The Common Pochard is very well adapted to diving, with its legs lying to the rear of its body. In case of danger, it prefers to swim away, because, as with all diving ducks, it first has to run on the water surface to be able to take off. Once they are in the air, they fly fast and mostly in close formation. Some of our winter visitors come from the remotest regions of Siberia. The Common Pochard often socializes with the Tufted Duck, and since the arrival of the zebra mussel, Dreissena polymorpha, it is the second most common duck species in winter.
Length (cm): 42-49wing span (cm): 72-82 Weight (g):  700 - 1,100 Nest site: ground Incubation (days): 28days Broods per year:  1yr Clutch size:  6-11 Nestling stage / airworthy (days):   50-55 Food:     insects, mussels, plantsHabitat:   lakes, rivers, streams