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Bufflehead: here’s the scoop

threats

Bufflehead populations are stable and increasing despite some declines in certain areas. The major threats they face are from hunting and loss of nesting sites due to clear cutting of forests and agricultural development.

Species

Bufflehead

Scientific name

Bucephala albeola

Habitat

Summers are spent in breeding grounds near ponds and lakes in boreal forest of Canada and Alaska, with isolated populations in the western United States. Winters are spent along the Atlantic and Pacific coast or on inland ponds

Diet

Aquatic invertebrates, larvae, small fish, seeds

life expectancy

Did you know?

Bufflehead ducks are North America’s smallest diving duck. They can stay under water for up to 25 seconds!

Range

North America

Conservation status

Least Concern

Widespread and abundant