Male – The Male Southern Pochard has a black head, neck and breast with a purple iridescence, bright red eyes, pale blue-grey beak with black tip, chestnut colored flanks, dark brown tail, dark brown upper-parts, and legs and feet are blue-grey to blackish.
Female – The female has a reddish-brown head with dark crown, brown below the brown eyes and white throat and cheeks, brown under-parts, white under-tail, and dark brown upper-parts.

Size: – Typical Adult is about 20 inches.

Food: – Mainly aquatic plants, seeds, roots, sedges, leaves and also molluscs, aquatic insects and larvae.

Habitat: – Wetlands, and shallow freshwater lakes in northern and central South America and also in Africa from Ethiopia to South Africa.

Breeding Season: – March to August in north-east Africa, and August to December in South Africa.

Eggs: – 6-15 (creamy-white to brownish color).

Notes: – The Southern Pochard is a diving duck. There are two sub-species of this duck, the South American (Southern) Pochard, and the African (Southern) Pochard. This duck is more common and widespread in Africa than in South America. The Southern Pochard feeds by dabbling, up-ending or diving usually at night.

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