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 Redhead (Aythya americana)




Redhead | Aythya americana photo
Redhead, Laguna Madre Nature Trail, South Padre Island, Texas

Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

REDHEAD FACTS

Description
The male Redhead duck has reddish brown head and orange yellow eyes. The back and sides are gray, the chest and tail are black, the belly is a off white. The wings are gray with white flecks. The feet are blue gray. The male non-breeding plumage is more brown with duller head color. Female ducks have yellowish brown heads with pale eye ring and brown eyes. The body and tail is mostly dark gray brown, with pale gray brown underside. Male and the female birds have a pale blue bill with black tip. Juveniles are similar to females, but more mottled.

Size
42-54 cm

Environment
freshwater lakes, ponds, marshes, brackish lakes, coastal bays

Food
aquatic plants, sedges, grasses, insects, aquatic invertebrates.

Breeding
Redheads build their nest in dense vegetation overhanging water, on islands, or dry land near water. The nest is a deep hollow lined with down Lays nine to eleven eggs which hatch after 24 to 28 days.

Range
Breeds in central Alaska, western United States around the Great Plains, scattered locations around the Great Lakes. Winters throughout United States and Mexico.

Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Anseriformes
Family:Anatidae
Genus:Aythya
Species:americana
Common Name:Redhead


Relatives in same Genus
  Lesser Scaup (A. affinis)
  Ring-necked Duck (A. collaris)
  Tufted Duck (A. fuligula)
  Greater Scaup (A. marila)
  Canvasback (A. valisineria)