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Redhead (Aythya americana)
Redhead, Laguna Madre Nature Trail, South Padre Island, Texas
Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved. (view image details)
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.
freshwater lakes, ponds, marshes, brackish lakes, coastal bays
aquatic plants, sedges, grasses, insects, aquatic invertebrates.
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.
Breeds in central Alaska, western United States around the Great Plains, scattered locations around the Great Lakes. Winters throughout United States and Mexico.
Relatives in same Genus
Lesser Scaup (A. affinis)
Ring-necked Duck (A. collaris)
Tufted Duck (A. fuligula)
Greater Scaup (A. marila)
Canvasback (A. valisineria)