FAUNA & FLORA PHOTOGRAPHY

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.

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.

Where and When to Spot

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

Common Names

Bufflehead

Büffelkopfente (de)
Porrón coronado (es)
Petit Garrot (fr)

Taxonomy

Anseriformes
Anatidae
Bucephala albeola