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Adult male
Photo © by Michael Foster
Marton Mere, Blackpool, UK 19 April 2009
Aythya fuligula

Identification

Adult female
Photo © by postcardcv
Cley, Norfolk, UK, 05 August 2006

Small diving duck.
Male

  • Superficially black head at distance (green and purple sheen close under bright sunlight)
  • Black breast, and vent
  • Bright white flanks
  • Tuft of feathers on back of head

Female

  • Dark brown
  • Lighter flanks
  • Tuft less distinctive

Both sexes have very bright yellow circular iris in large eyes with distinctive large, dark pupil.

Distribution

Temperate and northern Eurasia.

Taxonomy

Monotypic[1]

Habitat

Freshwater lakes, ponds and gravel pits.

Behaviour

Breeding

Nests on islands in freshwater wetlands.

Diet

The diet includes molluscs and insects.

Vocalisation

Generally quiet outside of breeding season. Male calls with whistle during courtship. Tufted Duck voice

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Azzi, M. and R. Garrison 2012. "Aythya fuligula" (On-line), Animal Diversity Web. Accessed October 01, 2018 at http://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Aythya_fuligula/
  3. Carboneras, C. & Kirwan, G.M. (2018). Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52910 on 1 October 2018).
  4. Madge, S. & Burn, H. (1988) Waterfowl. An identification guide to the ducks, geese and swans of the world. Houghton Mufflin, Boston.
  5. Todd, F. (1979). Waterfowl. Ducks, Geese & Swans of the World. Sea World, San Diego.

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