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Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)
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Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)
Male in breeding plumage; note the upturned tail

General Description: Ruddy Ducks (Oxyura jamaicensis) are small, sexually dimorphic pond ducks. Both genders have stiff tails that they hold upright unless they are trying to hide. In breeding season, males are reddish-brown (chestnut) with a dark head and neck, white face patch, and blue bill. Outside the breeding season, the males are more brown and they loose the blue on the bill. Females are mottled brown overall, with a white face patch and dark stripe across the cheek.

Taxonomy: Anseriformes, Anatidae, Anatinae

Favored Habitat: Ponds, marshes, and lakes deep enough for diving.

Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) female
Female Ruddy Duck

Where to Find: Neighborhood ponds, parks (e.g., Lorenzi Park and Sunset Park), and the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve. To find them in more natural habitat, visit the Pahranagat Valley or Overton Wildlife Management Area.

Comments: Ruddies feed in vegetation, bugs, and other stuff on the bottom of ponds, so they dive to feed.

Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) If you were a tasty bug or a bit of pond weed, this might be the last face you ever see!
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)
Breeding male
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) male
Breeding male
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) male
Breeding male
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) male
Breeding male
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Breeding male
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Breeding male
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Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)
Male in winter
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) female
Female
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)
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Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) female
Female
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Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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