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Redhead

Aythya americana ORDER: ANSERIFORMES FAMILY: ANATIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

An aptly named diving duck, the Redhead can be easily identified by its bright red head and gray back. Many female Redheads make no nests of their own, but instead lay their eggs in the nests of other ducks.

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At a GlanceHelp

Measurements
Both Sexes
Length
16.5–21.3 in
42–54 cm
Wingspan
29.5–31.1 in
75–79 cm
Weight
22.2–52.9 oz
630–1500 g
Other Names
  • Morillon à tête rouge, Fuligule à tête rouge (French)
  • Pato cabeza roja (Spanish)

Cool Facts

  • The Redhead is known to lay eggs in the nests of other Redheads, at least 10 other duck species, and even nests of the American Bittern and Northern Harrier. Many parasiticallly laid eggs fail to hatch.

Habitat


Lake/Pond

Food


Plants

Nesting

Nest Placement

Floating

Behavior


Surface Dive

Conservation

status via IUCN

Least Concern

Credits

  • Woodin, M. C., and T. C. Michot. 2002. Redhead (Aythya americana). In The Birds of North America, No. 695 (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.). The Birds of North America, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.

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