Bufflehead Identification

The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    Bufflehead are very small, compact ducks with large, rounded heads and short, wide bills.

    Relative Size

    Smaller than a Common Goldeneye; larger than a Pied-billed Grebe.

    Relative Sizecrow sizedcrow-sized
    Measurements
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 12.6-15.8 in (32-40 cm)
      • Weight: 9.6-22.4 oz (272-635 g)
      • Wingspan: 21.6 in (55 cm)