Tufted Duck

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 05 August 2007
Scientific Name
Aythya fuligula
  • Anseriformes
  • Anatidae
  • Aythya
  • A. fuligula
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 21 March 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
17 inches
28 inches


International Names

Chinese (汉语) 凤头潜鸭
Czech (Cesky) Polák Chocholačka
Danish (Dansk) Troldand
Dutch (Nederlands) Kuifeend
Finnish (Suomi) Tukkasotka
French (Français) Fuligule Morillon
German (Deutsch) Reiherente
Italian (Italiano) Moretta
Japanese (日本語) キンクロハジロ (Kinkurohajiro)
Korean (한국어) 댕기흰죽지 (Daenggihuinjukji)
Norwegian (Norsk) Toppand
Polish (Polski) Czernica
Russian (русский язык) Хохлатая чернеть
Spanish (Español) Porrón moñudo
Swedish (Svenska) Vigg
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