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REDHEAD (Aythya americana)

©Nigel Key Redhead (Slimbridge May 2012)

The Red Head is a Diving Duck and is similar in appearance to the Common Pochard, however, they can be identified by their Yellow eye rather than the Red eyes of the latter.
(Compare the two Ducks.)

The female Red Heads either lay eggs in their own nest and/or lays them in another femaleís nest or they donít lay eggs at all during the season.

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Conservation Status


Size
360mm to 380mm (14" to 15")

Appearance - Male
The male has a pale Blue bill with a Black tip, a Red head and neck, Yellow eyes, a Black breast, light Grey vermiculated body with darker upper-parts. The rump and tail are Grey/Black and the legs and feet are Grey.

Appearance - Female
The female has Brown head and body, Brown eyes, dull Grey/Blue bill, Buff chin and throat and Whitish under-parts. The legs and feet are Grey.

Habitat
Wetlands, Lakes, Marshes and Prairies.

Diet
Aquatic Plants, Seeds and Molluscs.

Breeding Time
Late April to Early June.

Nest
The nest is built in a shallow cup of plant material and lined with down concealed in tall vegetation near water.

Eggs
Quantity: 6 to 9
Colour: Greenish/Grey.











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PHOTOGRAPHS

Redhead (WWT Slimbridge April 2015) - pic by Nigel Key Redhead (WWT Slimbridge October 2017) - pic by Nigel Key Redhead (WWT Slimbridge November 2017) - pic by Nigel Key
09/04/15 05/10/17 30/11/17
Redhead (WWT Slimbridge November 2013) - pic by Nigel Key Redhead (WWT Slimbridge November 2013) - pic by Nigel Key Redhead (WWT Slimbridge May 2013) - pic by Nigel Key
23/11/13 23/11/13 17/05/14
Redhead (WWT Slimbridge May 2013) - pic by Nigel Key Redhead (WWT Slimbridge July 2013) - pic by Nigel Key Redhead (WWT Slimbridge September 2013) - pic by Nigel Key
25/05/13 06/07/13 04/09/13
Redhead (WWT Slimbridge April 2013) - pic by Nigel Key Redhead (WWT Slimbridge April 2013) - pic by Nigel Key Redhead (WWT Slimbridge May 2013) - pic by Nigel Key
06/04/13 06/04/13 25/05/13
Redhead (WWT Slimbridge May 2012) - pic by Nigel Key Redhead (WWT Slimbridge May 2012) - pic by Nigel Key Redhead (WWT Slimbridge May 2012) - pic by Nigel Key
26/05/12 26/05/12 26/05/12
Redhead (WWT Slimbridge March 2012) - pic by Nigel Key Redhead (WWT Slimbridge March 2012) - pic by Nigel Key Redhead (WWT Slimbridge May 2012) - pic by Nigel Key
24/03/12 24/03/12 26/05/12
Redhead (WWT Slimbridge June 2011) - pic by Nigel Key Redhead (WWT Slimbridge March 2012) - pic by Nigel Key Redhead (WWT Slimbridge March 2012) - pic by Nigel Key
04/06/11 24/03/12 24/03/12
Redhead (WWT Slimbridge April 2011) - pic by Nigel Key Redhead (WWT Slimbridge April 2011) - pic by Nigel Key Redhead (WWT Slimbridge April 2011) - pic by Nigel Key
09/04/11 09/04/11 09/04/11
Redhead (WWT Slimbridge March 2011) - pic by Nigel Key Redhead (WWT Slimbridge March 2011) - pic by Nigel Key Redhead (WWT Slimbridge April 2011) - pic by Nigel Key
25/03/11 25/03/11 09/04/11
Photos copyright of ©Nigel Key
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Related Links:-


Canvasback - www.slim-bridge.co.uk

Pochard - www.slim-bridge.co.uk

Redhead v's Pochard

Diving Ducks - www.slim-bridge.co.uk


You can help to protect wetland habitats in the UK and around the World by becoming a member of the WWT, visit official WWT site for details.





LOCATION

Redhead
Breeding Habitat - North America
South from Central British Columbia to North New Mexico and East to Wisconsin.
Winter Habitat or Migration Area
Winter in Southern and North-eastern United States, Northern Mexico and the Caribbean.


WWT Slimbridge Location - Redhead
Tundra Zone - WWT Slimbridge
© Nigel Key Tundra Zone (WWT Slimbridge May 2015)

The Redhead can be found in the Tundra Zone, along with the following wildfowl:-
Barnacle Goose
Bean Goose
Eider
Gadwall
Goldeneye
Greater Scaup
Merganser
Shelduck
Smew
Tundra Zone (WWT Slimbridge)


WWT Slimbridge Wildfowl (Listed Alphabetically)
A-B  | C-F  | G-L  | M-R  | S-Z
Wildfowl M to R
Maccoa Duck
Madagascar Teal
Magpie Goose
Magellan Goose
Mallard
Mandarin
Marbled Teal
Moorhen
Muscovy Duck
Mute Swan
Northern Pintail
Northern Shoveler
Orinoco Goose
Pacific Black Duck
Patagonian Crested Duck
Philippine Duck
Pink-Eared Duck
Pink-Footed Goose
Plumed Whistling Duck
Pochard
Puna Teal
Radjah Shelduck
Red-Billed Teal
Red-Breasted Goose
Red-Crowned Crane
Red-Crested Pochard
Redhead
Red Shoveler
Ring-Necked Duck
Ringed Teal
Ross's Goose
Rosybill
Ruddy Duck
Ruddy-Headed Goose
Ruddy Shelduck