French: Fuligule à tête rouge German: Rotkopfente Spanish: Porrón americano
Main breeding range in SW Canada and W USA S to California, New Mexico and Nebraska; populations also in Alaska, S Great Lakes region, and SC Mexico (Jalisco and the Federal District). Winters throughout most of S USA and Mexico to SW Guatemala.
41·5–54 cm; male 910–1220 g, female 910–1110 g. Breeding male has head and upper neck chestnut-red, lower neck and breast black, back and sides dark... read more
Male in spring and during courtship gives cat-like “meow”, guttural “purr” and, less frequently, a... read more
In breeding season, prefers rather deep freshwater swamps, lakes and marshes with extensive areas... read more
Food and feeding
Essentially vegetarian; chiefly seeds, leaves and stems of grasses, sedges, algae and other aquatic plants, tubers, grain, etc.; also... read more
Starts Apr/May, e.g. in prairie pothole region, nesting attempts generally initiated between early May and late Jul, whereas in... read more
Migratory; moves S to winter in lowlands of southern Canada, USA, Mexico and Central America (to... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Estimate of c. 600,000 in mid 1970s reflects average of population estimates between 1955 and 1994, during which breeding population... read more
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