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Ruddy Duck
Oxyura jamaicensis

Diving Ducks
Waterfowl Family (Anatidae)

Size: Length: 38-41 cm

Description: This unique duck is occasionally seen diving in shallow marshes. It is a rare nester in the Rockies. It is easily identified as our only duck with a bright blue bill and an erect tail. The male has a blue beak, black head and a white cheek. The body is rust coloured. Females lack the blue bill, taking on a uniform deep-brown colouration. Beneath the eye, the head lightens slightly with the exception of a dark streak running through the cheek. The nest is on the ground, usually hidden within emergent vegetation near the waters edge. They prefer ponds with stable water levels in the range of 25-40 cm deep. Unusual in the animal kingdom, the female abandons the young after about a month. The male may stay with them for the entire season.

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