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Tufted duck

Aythya fuligula


Small, short-bodied, with narrow neck and rather large head with crest (long and dropping on breeding males, only a shorter tuft in other plumages) at hind-crown. Head 'unevenly round' with high forehead and flattish crown. Bill short but broad, pale blue-grey with most of tip 'dripped' in black.


Versatile choice of breeding habitat, therefore common. Open, clear, oligotrophic lakes in forested areas; densely vegetated, eutrophic lowland lakes and marshes; along seashores; on tundra pools; slow-flowing rivers; reservoirs; park lakes.


First two photos are of an adult female. Third photo is of a juvenile.

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England, United Kingdom

Spotted on Oct 25, 2011
Submitted on Oct 27, 2011

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