Family Ducks, Geese, Swans (Anatidae)

Critically Endangered

Baer’s Pochard (Aythya baeri)


French: Fuligule de Baer German: Baermoorente Spanish: Porrón de Baer

Anas (Fuligula) Baeri


, 1863,

middle Amur Valley, eastern Siberia


Generally considered to be closest to A. australis, A. innotata and A. nyroca. Monotypic.


Amur and Ussuri basins in SE Siberia and NE China; recently recorded breeding in C China (Hubei)#R; perhaps also N Korea. Winters mainly in E & S China, also NE India to Vietnam, and Taiwan.

Descriptive notes

41–47 cm; male c. 880 g, female c. 680 g; wingspan 70–79 cm. Small, compact duck with very dark general coloration and large white wingbar distinctive in flight (... read more


Generally silent, especially in winter, but both sexes said to give harsh “graaaak” in courtship,... read more


Preferably in open country, on well-vegetated pools, small lakes and slow-flowing rivers with ample... read more

Food and feeding

Little known, but evidence suggests both plant and animal materials consumed, with rice an important food in some areas and small frogs... read more


During local spring, usually arriving on breeding grounds during Apr, but sometimes as early as mid Mar and as late as mid May, with laying... read more


Migratory; leaves breeding grounds in Sept–Oct after moult to winter in coastal plains of SE... read more

Status and conservation

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. Previously considered Vulnerable, then (2008) Endangered and more recently uplisted to highest threat category, while a single species action plan has... read more

Recommended citation

Carboneras, C. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Baer’s Pochard (Aythya baeri). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 20 February 2020).