Bufflehead - Bucephala albeola

Length 1.0-1.3 ft (31.8-40.6 cm)
Wingspan 1.8 ft (53.3 cm)
Weight 13 oz (368.5 g)
Clutch Size 5-12
Chicks at birth Precocial
IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

Buffleheads are one of my all-time favorite ducks. It was one of the first ducks (besides Mallards) that I learned to identify. They are a North American bird. They breed in Canada and Alaska and winter mostly in the U.S.

The males are easily recognizable with the greenish-black heads with the white cap. The females have a white patch behind the eye and a brown head. Buffleheads are divers and will forage underwater. They eat insects, crustaceans, plants, and fish eggs. Buffleheads winter in the S.F. Bay Area.

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