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Tufted Duck - BirdForum Opus

Adult male
Photo © by Michael Foster
Marton Mere, Blackpool, UK 19 April 2009
Aythya fuligula


Adult female
Photo © by postcardcv
Cley, Norfolk, UK, 05 August 2006

Small diving duck.

  • Superficially black head at distance (green and purple sheen close under bright sunlight)
  • Black breast, and vent
  • Bright white flanks
  • Tuft of feathers on back of head


  • Dark brown
  • Lighter flanks
  • Tuft less distinctive

Both sexes have very bright yellow circular iris in large eyes with distinctive large, dark pupil.


Temperate and northern Eurasia.




Freshwater lakes, ponds and gravel pits.



Nests on islands in freshwater wetlands.


The diet includes molluscs and insects.


Generally quiet outside of breeding season. Male calls with whistle during courtship. Tufted Duck voice


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