The red-crested pochard (Netta rufina)
… is a sedentary bird, and short-distance and nocturnal migrant
Measuring 53-57 cm in length, the red-crested pochard broods in Asia and, increasingly over the last decades, also in Europe, by shallow bodies of water rich in vegetation. Around 10 breeding pairs have been counted in the Rhine Delta. The red-crested pochard primarily feeds on plants, and the odd small animal. It usually spends the winter in the Mediterranean and Black Sea, though in late autumn and early winter, around 4,000 of the birds can also be found
in the Rhine Delta. This number declines to a couple of 100 from December onwards.
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