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Pochard

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The pochard is perhaps the Royal National City Park’s most beautiful duck, with its grey body and red-brown head. Though it has decreased in number in Sweden, a stable population is still to be found in the park. On spring nights, these fascinating birds gather for mating displays at certain arenas such as Lappkärret and Solfångardammen in Stora Skuggan, where often far more males than females take part in the performance. The pochard is a diving duck, as are the tufted duck and the golden eye duck with which it often swims. In the winter, a smaller group of pochards can usually be seen at the water’s edge on Södra Djurgården. Kaknäskär is also a popular winter site.

 


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