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Ruddy Duck

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About the Ruddy Duck

The Ruddy Duck is a stiff-tailed duck that lives throughout North America. It nests in dense marsh vegetation near water. They dive and swim underwater to look for seeds and roots of aquatic plants, aquatic insects and crustaceans.

As a result of escapes from wildfowl collections they are now also established in Great Britain from where they have spread widely into Europe.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 07 October 2008
Scientific Name Oxyura jamaicensis
  • Anseriformes
  • Anatidae
  • Oxyura
  • O. jamaicensis
Birdorable Family Ducks & Geese
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 29 May 2017)
Measurements
Units: Imperial Metric
11 inches
Range West Europe North America Central America United States (West) United States (East)

International Names

  • 棕硬尾鸭 (Chinese)
  • Kachnice Kaštanová (Czech)
  • Amerikansk Skarveand (Danish)
  • Rosse Stekelstaart (Dutch)
  • Kuparisorsa (Finnish)
  • Érismature Rousse (French)
  • Schwarzkopfruderente (German)
  • Gobbo Rugginoso Americano (Italian)
  • アカオタテガモ (Akaotategamo) (Japanese)
  • 홍오리 (Hongori) (Korean)
  • Stivhaleand (Norwegian)
  • Sterniczka Jamajska (Polish)
  • Американская савка (Russian)
  • Pato Zambullidor Grande / Pato Rufo / Malvasía Canela (Spanish)
  • Amerikansk Kopparand (Swedish)

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