White-Headed Duck (Slimbridge May 2014)
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 habitat loss, hunting and interbreeding with the Ruddy Duck which has rapidly spread across the UK and Europe.
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430mm to 480mm (17" to 19")
Appearance - Male
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 - Female
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.
April to May.
The nest is built on a floating platform lined with down and concealed by vegetation.
Average size: 67mm x 51mm
Quantity: 5 to 12
Colour: Creamy White.