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Bird name:

Tufted Duck

Aythya fuligula

Order

ANSERIFORMES

Family

Geese and Ducks (Anatidae)

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CONSERVATION STATUS

UK Conservation Status


Green Status

European Conservation Status


Conservation Description


The Tufted Duck occurs in much of the UK, Isle of Man, and Ireland. It has a "Green" status because of its stable population.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Tufted Duck: Diving duck with long, drooping crest. Head is dark purple-black with yellow eye. Blue-grey bill with pale grey and black tip. Black breast, neck, back, rump, tail, and vent. Belly and flanks white. Dark black-grey wings show black trailing edge and broad white wing bar in flight.


Range and Habitat

Tufted Duck: Resident breeder and winter visitor in the UK & Ireland. Birds can be seen year round. Breeding birds prefer lowland wetlands and lakes, especially in northern Britain, though less commonly in Wales. In winter birds seek southern wetland areas including rivers and estuaries.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

Generally silent, male makes a low whistle during courtship and female has a harsh "karr" call.

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Tufted Ducks have increased their range and numbers in the past 100 years. An increased availability of open water due to gravel extraction and man-made lakes offer the ideal feeding habitat for them.
  • Their New World counterpart is the Ring-necked Duck of North America.
  • They are one of the most common diving ducks. They are quite tame and have adapted well to man-made lakes, even in busy city parks.
  • A group of ducks has many collective nouns, including a "brace", "daggle", "flock", "paddling", and a "wadddling" of ducks.

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The area between the uppertail coverts and the back of the bird.
VentX
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Four-letter (for English common names) and six-letter (for scientific names) species alpha codes were developed by Pyle and DeSante (2003, North American Bird-Bander 28:64-79) to reflect A.O.U. taxonomy and nomenclature (A.O.U. 1998) as modified by Supplements 42 (Auk 117:847-858, 2000) and 43 (Auk 119:897-906, 2002). The list has been updated by Pyle and DeSante to reflect changes reported by the A.O.U from 2003 through 2006.

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To find the ITIS page for a bird species go to the ITIS web site advanced search and report page at http://www.itis.gov/advanced_search.html. You can enter the TSN or the common name of the bird. It will return the ITIS page for that bird. Another way to obtain the ITIS page is to use the Google search engine. Enter the string ITIS followed by the taxonomic ID, for example "ITIS 178041" will return the page for the Allen's Hummingbird.

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