POCHARD, Faligata, a genus of ducks, of the oceanic sdetion (sec Duct:), having the bill as long or nearly as long as the bead, broad and very fiat, a little dilated toward the tip, the 1aneP,ae of the upper mandible not projecting beyond the margin, the wings and tail.short. the tail rounded. The windpipe of the male, in all the pochards, terminates in a labyrinth composed partly of bone and partly of membrane. There are numer ous species, some of them natives of the arctic regions; some found, at least in winter, on the coasts of most parts of Europe, Asia, and North America; and some in the southern hemisphere.—The COMMON POCIIARD (F.—or also known as the Dux Brim, and as the red-headed poker and red-eyed poker, is a frequent winter visitant of Britain. It breeds in very northern regions, and is abundant in all of them, but in winter migrates southward. in America as far as Carolina and Louisiana, whilst in Asia it has been found even in Bengal. It is smaller than the mallard, but rather larger than the widgeon. The head and neck are bright chestnut, the eyes red, characters which at once distinguish it from every other British duck. It is highly esteemed for the table. Great numbers are sold every winter in the London market.—Several other species a're reckoned among British birds.—The TUFTED DUCK (F, cristata) is a frequent winter
visitant of the bays, estuaries, and lakes of Britain. It is a plump and short bird; black, with a white bar on the wing.; the breast, belly, and sides white. The occipital feathers are elongated.—The CANVAS-BACK Ducrc (F. valisneria) of North America is a species of poehard. It is very like the common pochard, but is much larger, and has the bill higher at the base, and less dilated toward the tip. The upper parts are also whiter. The canvas-back duck breeds in the northern parts of America, and migrates southward in flocks in autumn. In winter, it abounds particularly on the Chesapeake and its tributaries, and is also common southward to isew Orleans, often collecting in very large flocks, particularly toward evening. It is very shy, but vast numbers are killed, it being in very high esteem for the excellence of its flesh.
P060 (Ital.), a little, a term much used in music, as poco anima°, rather animated; pace forte, abbreviated pf, rather loud; poco a poco, signifies by degrees, little by little; pow a poco crescendo, becoming loud by degrees; a poco rallentando, becoming slower by degrees.