Common Pochard

      Aythya ferina

      Information

      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 socialises with the Tufted Duck, and since the arrival of the zebra mussel, Dreissena polymorpha, it is the second most common duck species in winter.

      Voice

      Status (in CH)
      rare, local breeder, regular, common migrant and winter visitor
      Annual cycle
      The bar on the top line indicates during which seasons the species can be observed regularly in Switzerland. There can be great seasonal fluctuations of numbers. The middle bar indicates the typical migration seasons of a species. The bottom bar indicates the period during which the species normally breeds. As a rule it spans the period from egg-laying to fledging of the young.
      Annual cycle
      Annual cycle

      Facts

      Population size in Switzerland (Pairs)
      6 - 9 (2013-2016)
      Migration behaviour
      predominantly short-distance migrant
      Diurnal/nocturnal migrant
      Nocturnal migrant
      Length (cm)
      42-49
      wing span (cm)
      72-82
      Weight (g)
      700-1100
      Nest site
      ground
      Food
      plants
      Group
      Wildfowl
      Habitat
      lakes, rivers & streams
      Distribution
      Distribution
      Distribution