The Tufted Duck is a compact diving bird which presents a tuft on the rear of its head, hence its name. The males of this species are black with a purple sheen, and the females are a dark brown. The colouration of the female is used for camouflage in their environment.


Abundant near water bodies with reed fringes such as lakes, ditches and ponds. During winter they move to similar environments however within more open water. They are migratory and flock from a wide range of locations, including as far as India and North America, to the UK.


Insect larvae, molluscs and plants.

Predators & Threats

Dogs, birds of prey, skunks, crows and raccoons are common predators of the tufted duck.


  • Approximately 80,000 individuals flock from across Europe and the world to Britain during the winter.
  • Females have camouflage feathers to protect their eggs during nesting.
Common Name(s)Scientific Name
Tufted duck.Aythya fuligula
 40 Р45 cm
 About 4 years

Best Time to Look

All year round.

Where to find Tufted Duck