Ruddy Duck

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 07 October 2008
Scientific Name
Oxyura jamaicensis
  • Anseriformes
  • Anatidae
  • Oxyura
  • O. jamaicensis
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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
11 inches


International Names

Chinese (汉语) 棕硬尾鸭
Czech (Cesky) Kachnice Kaštanová
Danish (Dansk) Amerikansk Skarveand
Dutch (Nederlands) Rosse Stekelstaart
Finnish (Suomi) Kuparisorsa
French (Français) Érismature Rousse
German (Deutsch) Schwarzkopfruderente
Italian (Italiano) Gobbo Rugginoso Americano
Japanese (日本語) アカオタテガモ (Akaotategamo)
Korean (한국어) 홍오리 (Hongori)
Norwegian (Norsk) Stivhaleand
Polish (Polski) Sterniczka Jamajska
Russian (русский язык) Американская савка
Spanish (Español) Pato Zambullidor Grande / Pato Rufo / Malvasía Canela
Swedish (Svenska) Amerikansk Kopparand
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