Tufted Duck – Aythya fuligula

Tufted Ducks winter in Switzerland. This year beginning of march I was able to watch parts of their courtship display. Now, by the end of march, most of them are gone to breed further north.

The male has a crest or tuft, that gives them their name. The white sides make them easy to identify:

They also have a white belly:

The female is brownish but has also the yellow eye. I took this picture with the chicks in London.

Courting behavior:

This is a hybrid of a Tufted Duck and another species:

Tufted Ducks winter on Swiss lakes, like here in Lucerne:

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~ by Natalie on March 27, 2010.

One Response to “Tufted Duck – Aythya fuligula”

  1. […] Duck Chick Last Wednesday was the firs time I saw a Tufted Duck chick in Switzerland. The seem to breed here more […]

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