Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina)
Red-crested Pochard, Spain, May 2000 - click for larger image Coto Doñana, Spain
May 2000

The male is very distinctive with his large reddish head and bright red bill. Even in eclipse plumage, he retains his bright red bill.

The female, seen here on the right, has pale cheeks and sides of the neck and a yellow spot on the dark bill.

It is found in Europe around the Mediterranean and from the Black Sea to China.

There are illustrations in HBW, Volume 1, Pages 558 and 614

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