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Bufflehead
Bucephala albeola

Diving Ducks
Waterfowl Family (Anatidae)

Size: Length: 35 cm

Description: Buffleheads are one of the tiniest diving ducks on the continent. Males have a dark-green head (often appearing black at a distance) with a huge white patch beginning behind the eye, and continuing to the back of the head. Their backs are dark, and the forebody and underside light. Females have a dark head with a white patch below and behind the eye. In both genders, the scapulars are white and clearly visible in flight. Viewed from above in flight, the back is black with alternating bands of white and black, ending with black wing tips. Rare among diving ducks, the bufflehead takes off straight into the air, neglecting the long takeoff of other divers. They nest in cavities in trees, relying almost exclusively on holes excavated by northern flickers and pileated woodpeckers.

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