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The pochard is a migratory bird that spends the winter and the south and west of Europe. It is mostly found in Ireland between October and February. Often feeding at night, it is a diving duck that Eats aquatic plants, molluscs, aquatic insects and small fish. Their breeding habitat consists of marshes and lakes. 


The adult male has a long dark bill with a grey band, red head and neck, black breast, red eyes and a grey back. Females are duller grey-brown, brown head and body and narrower grey band on bill.


The pochard is amber-listed in Ireland due to small breeding population and localised wintering locations. It is declining in Europe and categorised as Vulnerable. 

Image (c) by Tony Hisgett used under Creative Commons License BY 2.0.

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