The Pacific Black Duck grows up to around 60 centimetres in length. It has a dark body, a pale greyish neck, a dark crown and stripes, or flashes, on its face.
Often sharing the same territory as Mallards, there has been a lot of cross-breeding or hybridisation, as is often the case when Mallards are about.
Species: A. superciliosa
The adult male has a long dark bill with a grey band, a red head and neck, a black breast, red eyes and a grey back. The adult female is a bit less distinctive with a brown head and body and a narrower grey band on the bill. However, the triangular shape of the head makes them stand out from the crowd.
Pochards are migratory and generally winter in the south and west of Europe. They feed mainly by diving or dabbling, eating aquatic plants, molluscs, aquatic insects and small fish.
Species: A. ferina
It has a black back, white underparts, black head with pale cheeks and a sort of flattened, brightly-coloured bill. It also has red and black eye-markings and bright orange legs. The beak does become duller at the end of the breeding season as the Puffin sheds the outer part.
The Puffin spends most of the time at sea and they are primarily diving birds.
They breed in large colonies on coastal cliffs or offshore islands, making their nests in crevices among rocks or in burrows in the soil.
They eat fish.
Species: F. arctica