|Tufted Duck Male|
|Tufted Duck Female|
The Tufted Duck in Saint John is hanging out with both Lesser Scaup and Ring-necked Ducks. The Ring-necked Duck has more white on its bill and has a showy white wedge between the flank and the breast.
|Tufted Duck Immature Male|
The Tufted Duck is abundant and widespread. It is a rare but regular visitor to our west coast and south to California. They feed in shallow water by diving for seeds, roots, clams, snails, aquatic insects and occasionally amphibians and fish. My references indicate they utter a low whistle during courtship. I haven't been lucky enough to hear that.
|Tufted Ducks - Female, 2 Males|
The photos in this post were taken by me in Newfoundland where there is often a small wintering flock of Tufted Ducks.