Ruddy Duck

Oxyura jamaicensis

Ruddy Duck

Excellent divers, the Ruddy Ducks can go down to 1 m deep in one dive!

The male is easily recognizable during the period of mating : he has a beautiful red plumage and a blue beak.

Ruddy duck is considered invasive in Europe. Endemic of North America, it was introduced in England in the 1950s. It threatens the survival of the white-headed duck, a species found in southern Europe. Indeed the 2 species can hybridize. In addition, Ruddy duck males are more aggressive and dominant.

 

 

300 - 700 g
30 - 40 cm
aquatic grass, small crustaceans, insects
23 - 26 days
North America
Least concern