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Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula


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Tufted Duck, male (top) and female (bottom)
credit:  Andreas Trepte/CCSA

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Family: Anatidae, Ducks and Geese view all from this family

Description Male has mainly glossy black plumage, with white flanks; bill is mainly gray, becoming pale toward the black tip. Female has mostly brown plumage, palest on flanks, often with white feathering at base of dark-tipped bill; lacks female Ring-necked's "spectacle."

Dimensions Length: 17" (43 cm)

Habitat Regular in Alaska and south to Washington.

Range Western Canada, California, New England, Alaska

Discussion Eurasian counterpart of similar Ring-necked. Head is rounded (not peaked) and has tuft at rear of crown (most pronounced in male).