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Redhead: here’s the scoop

threats

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.

Species

Redhead

Scientific name

Aythya americana

Habitat

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.

Diet

Submerged aquatic plants and invertebrates

life expectancy

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.

Range

Alaska, Canada, United States, Mexico and Central America

Conservation status

Least Concern

Widespread and abundant