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Rosy-billed Pochard

  • Order: Anseriformes
  • Family: Anatidae
  • Genus: Netta
  • Species: peposaca
Fun Fact

Before breeding, the rosy-billed pochards display courtship behavior that consist of movements such as mock preening, bobbing of the head and exaggerated neck movements.

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    About Rosy-billed Pochards

    Males are black with gray sides and have a bright red bill with red eyes. The bill has a large round knob that is bright red and gradually fades to a duller pale pink at the tip. Females are duller in color with a bluish-gray bill.

    Rosy-billed pochards are very social waterfowl and flock size can consist of thousands of individuals. Pairs form a seasonal bond during the breeding season.

    Rosy-billed Pochards in the Wild


    Rosy-billed pochards inhabit shallow, freshwater marshes and swamps, as well as small lakes.


    Central Chile, northern Argentina and southern Brazil


    Rosy-billed pochards are vegetarians feeding on seeds, roots and grasses.

    Population Status

    The population of rosy-billed pochard is listed as “least concern” on IUCN's Red List.

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