(Oxyura Leucocephala)
White-Backed Duck    White-Winged Duck

Asia Zone - Slimbridge
The White-Headed Duck found in the Asia zone, SlimbridgeMap (Slimbridge)
Breeding Habitat
Spain, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Turkey and Kazakhstan.
Winter Habitat or Migration Area
Winter in Turkey, Tajkistan, Turkistan, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Conservation Status

430mm to 480mm (17" to 19")

Appearance - Drake
The male has a White head with a Black cap and neck, a Blue bill and Reddish Brown upper-parts. The tail is Black with Chestnut Brown coverts, the breast is Chestnut coloured and under-parts are Grey/Brown. The legs and feet are Grey.

Appearance - Duck
The female has Grey Brown plumage, with a White face and a darker bill, cap and a cheek stripe.

Wetlands and Freshwater Lakes with plenty of vegetation.

Pondweed, Eel Grass, Leaves, Seeds, Molluscs, Crustaceans, Aquatic Insects and Larvae.

Breeding Time
April to May.

The nest is built on a floating platform lined with down and concealed by vegetation.

Quantity: 5 to 12.
Average size: 67mm x 51mm.
Colour: Creamy White.

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)
Yellow-Billed Duck (Anas Undulata)
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White-Backed Duck    White-Winged duck
White-Headed Duck
©Nigel Key White-Headed Duck (Slimbridge March 2012)

The White-Headed Duck is a small stiff-tailed duck from Spain, North America, Western and Central Asia.

The White-Headed Duck dives underwater for food and is a reluctant flier, prefering to swim for cover if disturbed.

The White-Headed Duck is threatened by by habitat loss, hunting and interbreeding with the Ruddy Duck which has rapidly spread across the UK and Europe.
   Hear the White Headed Duck's Call:-

Photographs ©Nigel Key, Click thumbnail to enlarge.
White-Headed Duck (Slimbridge March 2014) White-Headed Duck (Slimbridge May 2014) White-Headed Duck (Slimbridge July 2014)
White-Headed Duck (Slimbridge July 2013) White-Headed Duck (Slimbridge July 2013) White-Headed Duck (Slimbridge September 2013)
Male White-Headed Duck (Slimbridge March 2011) Male White-Headed Duck (Slimbridge April 2011) Female White-Headed Duck (Slimbridge May 2012)
Male 25/03/11
Male 09/04/11
Female 26/05/12
Male White-Headed Duck (Slimbridge March 2009) Male White-Headed Duck (Slimbridge June 2009) Male White-Headed Duck (Slimbridge August 2010)
Male 24/03/09
Male 03/06/09
Male 22/08/10

Related Links: -
W.W.T. Official Website - www.wwt.org.uk/
Ruddy Duck - www.slim-bridge.co.uk