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 8 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
15 inches
33 inches


International Names

Czech (Cesky) Polák Americký
Danish (Dansk) Amerikansk Taffeland
Dutch (Nederlands) Roodkopeend
Finnish (Suomi) Amerikanpunasotka
French (Français) Fuligule à tête Rouge / Milouin d'Amérique
German (Deutsch) Rotkopfente
Italian (Italiano) Moriglione Testarossa
Japanese (日本語) アメリカホシハジロ (Amerikahoshihajiro)
Korean (한국어) 흰죽지오리 (Huinjukjiori)
Norwegian (Norsk) Kobberhodeand
Polish (Polski) Glowienka Preriowa
Russian (русский язык) Американская чернеть
Spanish (Español) Porrón Americano
Swedish (Svenska) Amerikansk Brunand
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