Red-crested Pochard - Netta rufina


Larger than a Pochard, the male has an orange-brown head with a red beak and pale flanks. Females are brown with pale cheeks. In flight they show whitish primaries. Occasional wild birds come to the UK from the Continent but the UK breeding birds almost certainly all come from escaped birds.

Photo ID?

Found mainly in southern and eastern England, where breeding populations have become established following escapes from captivity. Occasional wild birds may occur.

When to see it

All year round

Life History

They dive, dabble and up-end for their food.

UK Status

Widespread in England, though never common

VC55 Status

A scarce winter bird of passage in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map