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Bufflehead (male)

Bucephala albeola


Adult males are striking black and white, with iridescent green and purple heads and a large white patch behind the eye.


Spotted at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.


Buffleheads have evolved their small size to fit the nesting cavity of their "metabiotic" host, a woodpecker, the northern flicker. Due to their small size, they are highly active, undertaking dives almost continuously while sustained by their high metabolism.

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Washington, USA

Lat: 47.07, Long: -122.71

Spotted on Mar 17, 2019
Submitted on Mar 18, 2019

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