Tufted Duck

Aythya fuligula

Order

ANSERIFORMES

Family

Ducks, Geese and Swans (Anatidae)

Code 4

TUDU

Code 6

AYTFUL

ITIS

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CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Tufted Duck has a large range, estimated globally at 10,000,000 square kilometers. Native to Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America, this bird prefers wetland or marine ecosystems, though it can live in ponds. The global population of this bird is estimated at 2,700,000 to 4,100,000 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 Tufted Duck is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Tufted Duck: Medium-sized duck has long black crest, black back and tail, white underparts and sides, black head, neck and breast with purple sheen, black wings with dark-edged, white stripes visible in flight, yellow eyes and gray legs and feet. Female is brown overall, dark breast, pale sides, white belly and gray bill. Feeds on insects and seeds. Swift direct flight with steady wing beats.


Range and Habitat

Tufted Duck: Breeds across Eurasia from Iceland and the British Isles east across Russia and Siberia to the Kamchatka Peninsula and the Commander Islands; breeding has not been reported in North America. They are casual visitors on northern coasts of Canada and the United States during migration. Found in large lakes and bays.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

Generally silent

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Tufted Ducks have increased their range and numbers in the past 100 years. An increased availability of open water due to gravel extraction and man-made lakes offer the ideal feeding habitat for them.
  • They are one of the most common diving ducks. They are quite tame and have adapted well to man-made lakes, even in busy city parks.
  • This Old World bird is a counterpart of the Ring-necked Duck of North America.
  • 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 Tufted Duck

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

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Author

Gary Owen Dick

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Yury Lisyak

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

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.
CrestX
Tufts of feathers on the head of the bird.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X