Redhead

About the Redhead

The Redhead is a medium-sized diving duck. Its breeding habitat is marshes and prairie potholes in western North America and Redhead ducks overwinter in the southern and north-eastern United States, the Great Lakes region, northern Mexico and the Caribbean.

Following the breeding season, males go through a molt which leaves them flightless for almost a month. Redheads feed mainly by diving or dabbling. They mainly eat aquatic plants with some molluscs, aquatic insects and small fish.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 05 August 2007
Scientific Name
Aythya americana
  • Anseriformes
  • Anatidae
  • Aythya
  • A. americana
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 30 September 2017)
LC
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Measurements
Units: Imperial / Metric
15 inches
33 inches

Range

International Names

Czech Polák Americký
Danish Amerikansk Taffeland
Dutch Roodkopeend
Finnish Amerikanpunasotka
French Fuligule à tête Rouge / Milouin d'Amérique
German Rotkopfente
Italian Moriglione Testarossa
Japanese アメリカホシハジロ (Amerikahoshihajiro)
Korean 흰죽지오리 (Huinjukjiori)
Norwegian Kobberhodeand
Polish Glowienka Preriowa
Russian Американская чернеть
Spanish Porrón Americano
Swedish Amerikansk Brunand
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