English: Red-crested Pochard
Russian: Красноносый нырок
биваан, Улаанхушуут шумбуур
Japanese: アカハシハジロ (Akahashi-hajiro)
Body length: 53-57 cm
Wing span: 85-90 cm
on fairly large, reed-fringed eutrophic lowland lakes and sea-bays, also on
larger lagoons and saline marshes. Migratory only in north. Regular vagrant,
especially in autumn and winter, to Britain, 10-50 records annually, and a few
breed. Habits much as for dabbing ducks, upending and dabbling for food in
shallow, richly vegetated waters. Vegetarian.
Rather large, with long, bulky body and large, rounded head. In all plumages,
very conspicuous, broad white wing-bars.
♂ breeding: Rusty-orange head (palest on crown, but impression may vary depending
on angle of light) and striking coral-red bill; breast, stern and centre of
belly black, flanks white; swimming bird typically shows white narrow patch at
side of mantle; upperparts plain brown. In flight, broad white wing-bars and
peculiar white oval flank patches lined with black distinctive. Immediately
told from ♂ Pochard by red bill and darker, brown back.
♀: General appearance like a large, pale ♀ Common Scoter, with off-white sides
of head and foreneck and dark brown forehead, crown and hindneck; body plain
brown, often diffusely patchy on flanks; bill dark grey with pink near tip. Eye
♂ eclipse: Like adult ♀ but bill all red.
Like adult ♀ but bill all dark.