(Aythya Americana)

Appearance - The male Redhead has a reddish-chestnut head and neck, yellow eyes, blue-grey beak with black tip, black breast, pale-greyish vermiculated body, upperparts are a darker grey, and tail, and rump are blackish. The female has a light-brown head and neck, brown iris, similar beak to the male but duller, buff-white chin and throat, slight eye-ring and stripe, brown flanks and breast, whitish underparts and vent, and grey-brown upperparts. Legs and feet are grey for both sexes.

Notes - The Redhead is a medium-size diving duck. It is well known that these ducks will sometimes lay their eggs in other birds nests, even more so than other duck species. The Redhead looks similar to the Canvasback and the Common Pochard but has a yellow iris, whereas the other two ducks have a red iris.

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