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Photo by pale42
Malaga, Spain May 2009
Oxyura leucocephala


43-48cm (17-19 in)

  • Chestnut brown body
  • Blue bill
  • White head
  • Black cap and neck


  • Grey-brown body
  • White face
  • Dark bill, cap and a cheek stripe


Photo by daniscoping
Laguna de Tarelo, Cadiz, southern Spain, March 2004

Some birds show white undertail-coverts


Patchily distributed Mediterranean basin Spain and North Africa to central Asia.

The integrity of the Spanish population threatened by hybridization with the imported Ruddy Duck


This is a monotypic species[1].


Large tracts of open water with dense stands of aquatic plants.


Tail often held erect.


The diet consists mostly of the seeds and leaves of aquatic plants with the addition of some invertebrates.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Birdforum thread discussing id of this species
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2016)

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