Bufflehead, Diving Duck (Bucephala albeola)
What they look like: The bufflehead is small, chubby duck with a small dark gray bill. The males are mostly white, but have a black back and head. The male has a large white patch extending from the eye to the back of the head. The male is slightly larger than the female. The female is dark brown and is lighter brown below. The female has a single white patch on her cheek.
Where are they? Most Buffleheads breed in the northwestern part of North America. As winter comes, Buffleheads migrate to water near the coasts of the Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific Oceans. When they migrate, they fly during the night under the cover of darkness. Should they face bad weather, they will fly during the day.
Where they live: Buffleheads live by lakes, rivers and bays. What do they eat? Buffleheads typically eat water insects, snails, crustaceans and water plants. Buffleheads usually are seen in small groups. As one or two feed, the others will stand watch for potential danger. While a flock is diving for food there is almost always at least one bird on the surface watching for danger.
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