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Tufted Duck

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Photo by Michael Fostermale
Photo by Michael Foster
Aythya fuligula


[edit] Identification

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Photo by postcardcv

Small diving duck.

  • 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


  • Dark brown
  • Lighter flanks
  • Tuft less distinctive

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

[edit] Distribution

Temperate and northern Eurasia.

[edit] Taxonomy


[edit] Habitat

Freshwater lakes, ponds and gravel pits.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

Nests on islands in freshwater wetlands.

[edit] Diet

The diet includes molluscs and insects.

[edit] Vocalisation

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

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