This white-eyed pochard is somewhat of a mystery as regards its status. It breeds primarily in south-west Asia, but also Europe and North Africa. However the distribution fluctuates from year to year as water levels differ, and whilst it was listed as vulnerable in Europe, this has been found to no longer be the case. It appears to be in decline but is still relatively common overall. It is migratory, wintering to the south of its breeding range, vagrancy is common in Europe at least, and records in the UK illustrate its status. From there being several birds annually, it dwindled to being a real rarity, but the last few years have seen a bit of an upsurge again.

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