TUFTED DUCK
(Aythya Fuligula)
Trumpeter Swan Wandering Whistling Duck


Swan Lake Zone - Slimbridge
The Tufted Duck found in the Swan Lake Zone, SlimbridgeMap (Slimbridge)

Breeding Habitat
Iceland, British Isles and most of Europe, Scandinavia, Russia and Siberia. East to Japan, Sakhalin, Kamchatka, Syria, Caspian Steppe to N.W. Mongolia.
Winter Habitat or Migration Area
Winter in the milder south and west of Europe, southern Asia and all year in most of the United Kingdom.

Conservation Status


Size
400mm to 470mm (16" to 18")

Appearance - Drake
The adult male is all Black except for White flanks, a Blue-Grey bill and bright Yellow eyes. It has an obvious head tuft that gives the species its name.

Appearance - Duck
The adult female is Brown with paler flanks and a shorter tuft.

Habitat
Marshes and lakes with plenty of vegetation to conceal the nest. They are also found on coastal lagoons, the seashore, and sheltered ponds.

Diet
They eat Molluscs, Aquatic Insects and some Plants.

Breeding Time
May and June.

Eggs
Quantity: 8 to 10.
Colour: Greenish Grey.

Slimbridge Wildfowl S - Z
Shelduck (Tadorna Tadorna)
Smew (Mergellus Albellus)
Snow Goose (Anser or Chen Caerulescens)
South African Shelduck (Tadorna Cana)
Southern Pochard (Netta Erythrophthalma)
Southern Screamer (Chauna Torquata)
Spur-winged Goose (Plectropterus Gambensis)
Swan Goose (Anser Cygnoides)
Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus Buccinator)
Tufted Duck (Aythya Fuligula)
Wandering Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna Arcuata)
West Indian Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna Arborea)
White-Cheeked Pintail (Anas Bahamensis)
White-faced Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna Viduata)
White-fronted Goose (Anser Albifrons)
White-headed Duck (Oxyura Leucocephala)
Whooper Swan (Cygnus Cygnus)
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TUFTED DUCK
Trumpeter Swan Wandering Whistling Duck
Tufted Duck
©Nigel Key Tufted Duck (Slimbridge May 2012)

The Tufted Duck is the most widespread diving duck in the United Kindom and Europe.

The Tufted Duck breeds widely throughout temperate and northern Eurasia and can occasionally be found as a winter visitor along both coasts of the United States and Canada.

It is believed to be increasing its migratory range due to increased open water through gravel extraction and the spread of its favourite food, freshwater muscles.
   Hear the Tufted Duck's Call:-



Photographs © Nigel Key, Click thumbnail to enlarge.
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