20 March, 2013

Red-crested Pochard

Scientific Name: Netta rufina

Population Estimate: Unknown, but Least Concern status

Range / Habitat: Breeds in lowland marshes and lakes in southern Europe and Central Asia, wintering in the Indian Subcontinent and Africa.

Field Notes: Adult male is unmistakeable: rounded orange head, red bill and black breast. 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.

Personal Notes: Seen first at Donana National Park, Spain and later in Kew Royal Botanical Gardens, London.

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