The unmistakable, black-and-white Tufted Duck lives up to its name – look out for the black tuft of feathers on its head. It can be seen all year-round, but often flocks together with other ducks in winter.

About

The UK’s most common diving duck, the Tufted Duck nests on flooded gravel pits, lakes and reservoirs, and gathers in large flocks in the winter, often mixed with Pochard and Coot. Tufted Ducks feed on waterweed, plant seeds and aquatic invertebrates.

‘Tufted Duck’

How to identify

The Tufted Duck is very distinctive: the female is entirely chocolate-brown, while the male is black with white flanks and a long tuft at the back of the head.

Distribution

Found throughout the country, on lakes, reservoirs and flooded gravel pits.

Did you know?

The scientific name of the Tufted Duck, fuligula, means ‘sooty throat’. Like most ducks, the ‘drake’ (male) has nothing to do with the incubation of the eggs or raising the young. The ‘hen’ (female) has eight to eleven eggs in a brood; the young becoming independent once their true feathers have fledged.

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[su_carousel source=”media: 1141,1140,1139,1138,1137,1135,1134″ width=”1200″ height=”800″ items=”2″] The Tufted Duck is a small diving duck.

The Tufted Duck is a medium-sized diving duck, smaller than a mallard. It is black on the head, neck, breast and back and white on the sides. The Tufted Duck has a small crest and a yellow eye. In flight it shows an obvious white stripe across the back of the wing. The Tufted Duck breeds in the UK across lowland areas of England, Scotland and Ireland, but less commonly in Wales, with most birds being residents. Numbers increase in the UK in winter because of birds moving to the UK from Iceland and northern Europe.

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