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Tufted Duck

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


[edit] Identification

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

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.

Tufted Duck voice

[edit] 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
  2. Azzi, M. and R. Garrison 2012. "Aythya fuligula" (On-line), Animal Diversity Web. Accessed October 01, 2018 at
  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 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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