TUFTED DUCK

TUFTED DUCK (Aythya fuligula)

The tufted duck is a small diving duck at about 45 cm (17 in.) long, and is widespread in Europe and Asia. The male is black with white sides, and has a tuft at the back of its head, which gives it its name. The female is brown, with lighter sides.

The tufted duck feeds on water bottom vegetation, and also insects and crustaceans.

The tufted duck can be confounded with the Greater scaup drake, but the latter does not display a tuft, and the former has a black back. The tufted duck does not breed on PEI and there only have been accidental sightings of it on or around the island.

Male tufted duck on the Shinobazu pond, Ueno Park, Tokyo, Japan. This species is a small diving duck.
Male tufted duck on the Shinobazu pond, Ueno Park, Tokyo, Japan. This species is a small diving duck.
A group of male tufted ducks on the Shinobazu pond at Ueno Park, Tokyo. The tuft that gives them their name is visible on the back of their heads. They look like little toy ducks.
A group of male tufted ducks on the Shinobazu pond at Ueno Park, Tokyo. The tuft that gives them their name is visible on the back of their heads. They look like little toy ducks.

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