Redhead

Aythya americana

Order

ANSERIFORMES

Family

Ducks, Geese and Swans (Anatidae)

Code 4

REDH

Code 6

AYTAME

ITIS

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Redhead has a large range, estimated globally at 5,100,000 square kilometers. Native to Guatemala, North America, and many nearby island nations and territories, this bird prefers inland wetland or neritic and intertidal marine ecosystems. The global population of this bird is estimated at 750,000 individuals and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Redhead is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Redhead: This medium-sized diving duck has a gray back and sides, black upper back, breast, rump and tail, and white belly. The head and neck are rufous-brown, and the blue-gray bill is black-tipped; eyes are yellow. Females are duller and browner, with a light area around the base of the bill. Feeds mostly on aquatic vegetation. Rapid direct flight with strong wing beats, flies in V formation.


Range and Habitat

Redhead: Breeds in the northern prairies of the U.S. and Canada from Alaska south to Colorado and intermountain marshes of the west and southwest. Spends winters across the southern U.S. from California to Florida and south into Mexico. Declining in the East. Nests in marshes, open lakes, and bays; often winters on saltwater.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"whee-uogh", "keyair", "rrrrr"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Redhead was first described in 1838 by Thomas Campbell Eyton, an English naturalist.
  • Females regularly lay eggs in the nests of other Redheads or other ducks, especially Canvasbacks.
  • A group of ducks has many collective nouns, including a "brace", "flush", "paddling", "raft", and "team" of ducks.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Redhead

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
RumpX
The area between the uppertail coverts and the back of the bird.
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Head Feathers and Markings X
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