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White-headed Duck

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MalePhoto by pale42Malaga, Spain May 2009
Photo by pale42
Malaga, Spain May 2009
Oxyura leucocephala


[edit] Identification

43-48cm (17-19 in)

  • Chestnut brown body
  • Blue bill
  • White head
  • Black cap and neck


  • Grey-brown body
  • White face
  • Dark bill, cap and a cheek stripe

[edit] Variation

FemalePhoto by daniscopingLaguna de Tarelo, Cadiz, southern Spain, March 2004
Photo by daniscoping
Laguna de Tarelo, Cadiz, southern Spain, March 2004

Some birds show white undertail-coverts

[edit] Distribution

Patchily distributed Mediterranean basin Spain and North Africa to central Asia.

The integrity of the Spanish population threatened by hybridization with the imported Ruddy Duck

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Large tracts of open water with dense stands of aquatic plants.

[edit] Behaviour

Tail often held erect.

[edit] Diet

The diet consists mostly of the seeds and leaves of aquatic plants with the addition of some invertebrates.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from
  2. Birdforum thread discussing id of this species
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2016)

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