Redhead

a.k.a. American Red-headed Pochard

Aythya americana

A Redhead drake
Photo courtesy of Taryn Koerker

This duck is found widely across North America, where it overlaps the range of the similar but larger Canvasback. The species is almost always found in fresh water areas.

Redheads normally nest in reedbeds over the water. The large clutch of 10-16 yellowish-olive eggs takes 24-25 days to hatch. In captivity the drakes will pair successfully with more than one hen.


A pair of Redheads

A Redhead drake
Photo courtesy of Colt Handorf

A wild-type Redhead drake with a hen of the Silver variety
Photo courtesy of Sally Zacharias


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