Bufflehead

Bucephala albeola
The male bufflehead has striking black and white plumage/Photo Courtesy of Rollin Bannow
A small and compact member of the duck family, the bufflehead has a large, round head with a white patch behind the eye. The male’s head looks like it has been divided like a pie, with more than a quarter being white. The female is drabber in her coloration with a small, oval patch of white on her head. The Bufflehead usually stays with the same mate for several years. It nests in tree cavities previously inhabited by flickers or pileated woodpeckers. Look for this duck during the fall, winter,and spring months in marinas, rivers and sloughs as it dives for mollusks, insect larvae and crustaceans.

Facts About Bufflehead

Almost our smallest duck

Breeds in Canada and Alaska

Monogamous, unlike many ducks