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Bufflehead Bucephala albeola

A small sea duck only passing the Montreal area from their winter habitat, protected coastal or inland waters to the breeding areas in the tundra and boreal forests. This species dives for food which mostly consists of aquatic insects, crustacean and mollusks.



Common Names

FrenchPetit Garrot
SpanishPorrón coronado


SpeciesBucephala albeola

How to Identify

A beautiful bird. The male has colorful feathers front of the head and a large white patch on the back male. Females brownish, dark grey on the back and light grey breast and belly with a white patch on the cheek.

Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) - Parc des Rapides - 2019-04-14
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) - Parc des Rapides - 2017-04-14

Where and When to Spot

I saw this species only during a short period of time in early April in Rapids Park Lachine.

Parc Angrignon x - - -
Parc de la Frayère x - - -

Where and when a species has been observed, identified, and recorded.

Last updated on 2023-12-15. Written and regularly updated by Karl-Heinz Müller, Dipl. Natw. ETH, Biology. With 10 years of experience in wildlife photography, Karl-Heinz shares first-hand, on-site collected observations, photos and videos from his frequent visits to parks in the Montreal area.