Red-crested Pochard

      Netta rufina

      Information

      Not so very long ago the appearance of the exotic-seeming Red-crested Pochard was a rare sight on Swiss lakes other than Lake Constance. The number of wintering birds increased considerably during the 1990s. This is also due to the improved water quality, from which the typical plant-eating Red-crested Pochard benefits especially.

      Voice

      Status (in CH)
      regular, rare breeder, 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)
      210 - 300 (2013-2016)
      Migration behaviour
      resident to short-distance migrant
      Diurnal/nocturnal migrant
      Nocturnal migrant
      Length (cm)
      53-57
      wing span (cm)
      84-88
      Weight (g)
      800-1200
      Nest site
      ground
      Food
      plants
      Group
      Wildfowl
      Habitat
      lakes, rivers & streams
      Distribution
      Distribution
      Distribution