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About the Tufted Duck

Also known as: Tufted Pochard

The Tufted Duck is a medium-sized diving duck with a population of around one million birds throughout temperate and northern Europe and Asia. It occasionally can be found as a winter visitor along both coasts of the United States and Canada. It is believed to have expanded its traditional range with the increased availability of open water due to gravel extraction, and the spread of freshwater mussels, a favourite food. These ducks are migratory in most of their range, and winter in the milder south and west of Europe, southern Asia and all year in most of the United Kingdom. They will form large flocks on open water in winter.

Males are all black except for white flanks and a blue-grey bill. It has an obvious head tuft that gives the species its name. Females are brown with paler flanks and more easily confused with other diving ducks.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 05 August 2007
Scientific Name Aythya fuligula
  • Anseriformes
  • Anatidae
  • Aythya
  • A. fuligula
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 16 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
17 inches
28 inches
Range West Europe East Europe North Europe South Europe West Asia Central Asia East Asia Southeast Asia South Asia North Africa West Africa Arctic

International Names

  • 凤头潜鸭 (Chinese)
  • Polák Chocholačka (Czech)
  • Troldand (Danish)
  • Kuifeend (Dutch)
  • Tukkasotka (Finnish)
  • Fuligule Morillon (French)
  • Reiherente (German)
  • Moretta (Italian)
  • キンクロハジロ (Kinkurohajiro) (Japanese)
  • 댕기흰죽지 (Daenggihuinjukji) (Korean)
  • Toppand (Norwegian)
  • Czernica (Polish)
  • Хохлатая чернеть (Russian)
  • Porrón moñudo (Spanish)
  • Vigg (Swedish)

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