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Tufted Duck
Aythya fuligula
Size: 40-46cm
UK Status: scarce resident breader / fairly common winter visitor

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Commonest diving duck in Britain. Male breeding plumage appears black with white flanks obvious when swimming, white belly and wing bars visible in flight. Long hanging crest. Eclipse plumage generally duller, white patches more brown, and brownish tinge to black areas. Female generally dark brown with mottled paler flanks. Female sometimes shows white patch at base of bill (though not as much as female Scaup). Both sexes have blue grey bill with end 'dipped' black. Widespread in Europe, breeding mainly in Britain and the North. Inhabitats most slow-moving/still waters, lakes, rivers etc, occasionally coastal in winter.

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