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Duck  Tufted Ducks

Tufted Duck - Photo  Copyright 2001 Gary Bradley
Photo: G. Bradley

UK Safari Tip:
Get help identifying wetland birds with the beautifully illustrated fold out ID chart in the Nature shop - click here

Latin name: Aythya fuligula

Size: Approximately 40 to 45cms.

Distribution: Throughout the UK except north west Scotland.

Months seen: All year round.

Habitat: Lakes, rivers and reservoirs.

Food: Aquatic insects, small fish and molluscs which they find in shallow water.

Special features: Tufted ducks are diving birds, which travel south from Iceland, N.W. Russia and Scandinavia to spend the winter here in Britain where it's a little warmer.

These ducks have a very broad bill, almost as wide as the Shoveler. Only the males have the distinctive head crest, the females are brown with pale sides.


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