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Redhead
Aythya americana

Diving Ducks
Waterfowl Family (Anatidae)

Size: Length: 37 cm Wingspan: 84 cm

Description: Like the similar canvasback, the redhead is only an occasional visitor to the Rockies. Male redheads have a bright red head, with a light coloured beak and a dark tip. They have a black front, gray back and white underside. The shape of the head is distinctive. From the base of the beak, there is a prominent forehead while the canvasback seems to lack a forehead, rather exhibiting a smooth slope from the base of the beak to the top of the head. The females are drab and difficult to distinguish from female ring-necked duck. Her gray bill has a dark tip, and her cheeks are white. Female ring-necked ducks are darker with a more distinctive eye-ring. They do not nest in the Rockies, and migrate towards the west coast in autumn.

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