Red Crested Pochard Ducks

Red Crested Pochard Ducks
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Red Crested Pochard Ducks

A PAIR is a male/female pair of unrelated birds.

  • Breeding season April-June
  • Clutch Size 8-12 eggs
  • Incubation period  26-28 days
  • 2-2.5 pounds

Male Red Crested Pochard Ducks in breeding plumage are very striking and completely unmistakable. They have a very rounded orange-brown head with a red bill, bright red eyes, black breast, and a tawny-fawn-colored body. Females are more muted, but pretty, with a pale brown body and light lower facial markings and cheeks and dark upper facial markings and bill.

Red Crested Pochard Ducks have a wide range and are scattered all across Europe, Asia, and North Africa. They are a somewhat migratory species, with more Northern birds wintering in southern locations including North Africa. Because of their popularity in captivity, there are many escaped members of the species mixing with wild populations. Red Crested Pochard Ducks are mostly seen in quiet and still waters and seem to prefer large lagoons, slow-flowing rivers, and peaceful lakes. They spend much of their time on the water or close to the water's edge. They do gather in small groups and can be quite gregarious with one another, especially in the evening and early morning.

Housing Requirements: Red Crested Pochard Ducks are considered 'divers' and are large diving ducks, which means that they require plenty of water for their active swimming habits. These ducks spend almost all of their lives swimming and diving. A natural pond would be perfect for these ducks to thrive, but netting or enclosing the pond may be necessary to keep them from flying away and to protect them from predators. Red Crested Pochards get along with other birds and are very easy to raise with other ducks and waterfowl.

Diet: These ducks are omnivorous, feeding on aquatic plant matter and aquatic invertebrates and small fish, mainly while diving or dabbling. The Red Crested Pochard also upends to eat more so than most diving-type ducks. A quality commercial duck pellet feed works well with these ducks. Combining a commercial diet with greens and providing access to aquatic vegetation and invertebrates would make an even more solid feeding plan.

 

  • Model: RCPD


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