Southern Pochard Species Descriptions

Ramsey Russell

Southern Pochard (Netta erythrophthalma), a duck species in Africa that is an elegant and sleek dark-colored duck when at rest. In flight, their white wing band is visible that highly contrasts with the rest of the plumage. There are populations in South America, but they’re most common in South Africa. Southern pochards are among 3 species worldwide in the genus Netta to include rosy-billed pochards and red-crested pochards. Here, Ramsey Russell gives a run-down of this plain brown but otherwise interesting diver duck species, the last remaining of the Netta genus collected while hunting ducks in South Africa.

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