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Netta erythrophthalma

Netta erythrophthalma

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Aves
Subclassis: Carinatae
Infraclassis: Neornithes
Parvclassis: Neognathae
Ordo: Anseriformes
Familia: Anatidae
Subfamilia: Anatinae
Genus: Netta
Species: Netta erythrophthalma


Netta erythrophthalma (Wied-Neuwied, 1833)

Vernacular names
Afrikaans: Bruineend
Česky: Zrzohlávka rudooká
Deutsch: Rotaugenente
English: Southern Pochard, African Pochard, Red-eyed Pochard, South African Pochard
Español: Pato Morado
Français: Nette brune
Italiano: Fistione meridionale, Fistione australe
Nederlands: Bruine Krooneend
‪Norsk (bokmål)‬: Fløyelsand

The Southern Pochard (Netta erythrophthalma) is a duck.

There are two subspecies, the South American (Southern) Pochard N. e. erythrophthalma and the African (Southern) Pochard N. e. brunnea.

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 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.

This bird is sociable and gregarious. It has been seen in groups of up to 5,000. The clutch consists of six to fifteen eggs.


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

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