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Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Tufted Duck (Male), Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, Ladner, British Columbia
Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved. (view image details)
TUFTED DUCK FACTSDescription
The adult male Tufted Duck is all black with white sides and a blue gray bill, and a tuft on the head. The eye is bright yellow. The female is brown with paler brown sides. Tufted ducks are diving ducks, and search for food underwater amongst water weed and under stones.
Length: 40 – 47 cm
marshes, lakes, ponds, coastal lagoons, shore. Prefers areas with some dense vegetation for nesting.
molluscs, aquatic insects, aquatic plants.
The nest is built in thick cover, often on an island. The nest is lined with down. The female lays eight to eleven eggs which hatch after about 25 days. The young leave the nest after about 50 days.
The Tufted Duck breeds throughout temperate and northern Europe and Asia. It is an occasional winter visitor to coasts of the United States and Canada.
Relatives in same Genus
Lesser Scaup (A. affinis)
Redhead (A. americana)
Ring-necked Duck (A. collaris)
Greater Scaup (A. marila)
Canvasback (A. valisineria)