Tufted Duck

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Scientific Name: Aythya fuligula
Malay Name: Itik-Selam Berjambul
Chinese Name: 凤头潜鸭

Found throughout northern temperate Europe and Asia, wintering to equatorial Africa, Middle East, Indian subcontinent, southern China, Korea, Japan and Southeast Asia.


Size: 40-47 cm

Male has mostly blackish plumage with contrasting white flanks, drooping crest, greyish bill with black tip, yellowish eyes and dark purplish-glossed head. Female has rather uniform dull dark brownish plumage with paler lower neck, breast and flanks, squarish head and slight nuchal tuft. Juvenile resembles female but has paler head and upperparts.

Habitat: Lakes, rivers, marshes and various wetland habitats.

Behaviour/Ecology: Seldom flies off when disturbed, preferring to drift out to deeper parts in centre of water body.

Local Status: Very rare vagrant.

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Past accepted records in our database:


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page ↗
Photos: Oriental Bird Images ↗
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link ↗
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link ↗
eBird Species page: eBird (Tufted Duck) ↗

BirdLife International. (2016). Aythya fuligula. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22680391A86013549.en. Accessed on 19 December 2021
Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

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