Redhead: here’s the scoop
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimated a North American population of 1.2 million in 2015. Carefully managed hunting seasons combined with work to restore duck habitat have helped many duck populations increase.
Breeds in seasonal ponds and other wetlands with emergent vegetation in the Midwest’s prairie pothole region. During spring and fall migration, they form large flocks on lakes, reservoirs, river pools, and bays. In winter, flocks gather by the thousands on Gulf of Mexico bays to feed on sea grass.
Submerged aquatic plants and invertebrates
15 – 20 years
Did you know?
Although redheads are classified as diving ducks, you may also see them dabbling in shallow water by tipping their tail-up to reach submerged vegetation and invertebrates.
Alaska, Canada, United States, Mexico and Central America
Widespread and abundant