Tufted Duck

Posted: September 2, 2013 in Birds, Natural History
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The Tufted duck is one of the UK commonest waterbirds breeding across lowland England and Scotland but less commonly in Wales. Most breeding birds are resident (est 7-8,000 pairs) but numbers are increased (c100,000 birds) in winter by an influx of birds from Iceland and Northern Europe. Most commonly seen on reservoirs, gravel pits and lakes.

The male in summer plumage has the characteristic ‘tuft’ to which its name refers

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