November 1, 2015 – Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)

Requested by: @derbytup

Found in Europe and Asia, some populations of these diving ducks migrate to southern and eastern Asia, western Europe, and northern Africa. They eat aquatic plants and invertebrates, algae, and some amphibians and small fish, usually diving to find food, but sometimes dabbling near the surface. Their nests are made from vegetation arranged in depressions in the ground. Females lay up to ten eggs and care for the downy ducklings. Though they are classified as Least Concern by the IUCN, they are threatened by habitat destruction, human disturbance, fishing nets, poisoning from lead shot, hunting, and the invasive American Mink.