Meet Our Animals > Bufflehead
Quick Facts
Native to During the winter, along the Atlantic or Pacific Coast, or on inland ponds in Southern North America; in the summer, near lakes in the boreal forest and parklands of Central Canada
Primary Diet Aquatic plants, invertebrates, and seeds; also takes in crustaceans, mollusks, and other aquatic invertebrates
Adult Weight 9 to 20 oz.
Lifespan Up to 13 years
Status Least Concern


A buoyant, large-headed duck, the Bufflehead abruptly vanishes and resurfaces as it feeds. Unlike most ducks, the Bufflehead is mostly monogamous, often remaining with the same mate for several years. They nest in former woodpecker holes, particularly those made by Northern Flickers.


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