Baer's pochard in exhibit

Baer’s Pochard

Scientific Name

Aythya baeri

Class

Aves

Order

Anseriformes

Range

Eastern Asia

Habitat

Lakes, ponds, and coastal wetland

Estimated Wild Population

Less than 1,000
Baer's pochard in exhibit
IUCN Conservation Status: Critically Endangered IUCN Conservation Status: Critically Endangered

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Physical Description

Baer’s pochards are diving ducks with a dark-gray head, neck, and back and a brownish-red and white flank and belly. Both males and females can have a glossy, dark-green shimmer on their head. Females have a domed head and vary more in color from their head to their beast. This species eats insects, mollusks, shrimps, fish, and algae during breeding season and aquatic plants and seeds during migration and winter.

Interesting Fact 1

In the wild, Baer's pochards are often found alone or mixed into non-breeding groups of more common duck species.

Interesting Fact 2

Their rapid population decline is likely due to hunting and habitat loss.

Interesting Fact 3

Females can lay up to 15 eggs between May and June.

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