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Ruddy Duck

Oxyura jamaicensis


Adult males have a rust-red body, a blue bill, and a white face with a black cap. Adult females have a grey-brown body with a greyish face with a darker bill, cap and a cheek stripe.


wastewater treatment pond along San Francisco Bay


The tip of this Ruddy Duck's bright blue bill is covered in mud from feeding in the mud in the shallow water.

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1 Comment

oxyjack 8 years ago

Great shot of the male! I love these guys.

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San Mateo, California, USA

Spotted on Apr 22, 2012
Submitted on Apr 23, 2012

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