Southern Pochards

Southern Pochards (Netta erythrophthalma)

The Southern Pochards (Netta erythrophthalma) is a duck. This bird is sociable and gregarious. It has been seen in groups of up to 5,000.

Southern Pochards Swimming
Southern Pochards Swimming

Subspecies and Ranges

The South American (Southern) Pochard N. e. erythrophthalma

The South American Pochard has a fragmented range and is found from Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Argentina to Chile. Here it occurs in a wide variety of shallow fresh waters with submerged vegetation, from the lowlands up to 3,700 metres.

  • The African (Southern) Pochard N. e. brunnea.

The African Pochard occurs from the Cape to the Ethiopian highlands on water bodies with or without emergent vegetation. They are suspected to have been strong migrants in the past but the construction of numerous farm dams seems to allow them a more sedentary lifestyle. They reach highest concentrations in Africa’s central plateaus and in the south-western winter rainfall region.

Southern Pochards (Netta erythrophthalma)
Southern Pochards (Netta erythrophthalma)

Breeding and Nesting

The Southern Pochards clutch consists of six to fifteen eggs.


  • Bird Life International (2004). Netta erythrophthalma. 2006. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. Retrieved on 12 May 2006. Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concernMaclean, G.L. Harrison, J.A. Southern Pochard. In: The atlas of southern African birds. Vol. 1: Non-passerines.

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