French: Petit Fuligule German: Kanadabergente Spanish: Porrón bola
Breeds from C Alaska E through Canada to CW Quebec and S in USA to California, Colorado and Minnesota. Winters from NW USA and New Jersey S to Panama, Caribbean islands and N Venezuela; also Hawaiian Is.
38–48 cm; male 546–1156 g, female 517–1037 g; wingspan 68–77 cm. Breeding male has black head with purplish sheen, black neck, breast and upper mantle... read more
Like other Aythya is mainly vocal during winter/spring courtship period, although female... read more
Inland freshwater, seasonal and semi-permanent lakes, pools and marshes in open country and lightly... read more
Food and feeding
Omnivorous: seeds, roots and vegetative parts of aquatic plants; also aquatic invertebrates (insects, molluscs, crustaceans), with usual... read more
Starts May/Jun, with peak nesting period Jun and mean date of first nests later for first-year females than adults (20 Jun versus 12–... read more
Migratory, with autumn passage peaking in Sept–Oct and birds arriving in most wintering areas... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Widespread and common, locally abundant, being one of the commonest breeding wildfowl in boreal forest zone of Alaska, Yukon and... read more
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