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Birds

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)

Description

The Tufted Duck has a length of 43cm, weighing between 550-990g, males have a jet-black colour, with white sides on its wings whilst swimming or resting, and a striking thin crest coming from the back of its head (crown). Females are brown with a paler contrast on the body, whereas the wings and head are darker, although they can be easily confused with other ducks. They have a small crest coming from their crown.Tufted Ducks are migratory in most of their range, and overwinter in milder south and west of Europe, Southern Asia, and all year in most of the United Kingdom.

Habitat

The Tufted Duck is mainly located in freshwater lakes and ponds, and the breeding habitat is close to marshes with plentiful vegetation to conceal the nest.

Diet

They feed on small molluscs, aquatic invertebrates and some aquatic vegetation.

Protection Status 

This species is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.

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