relatively common diving duck which also dabbles in shallow water. The
Redhead regularly lay eggs in the nests of other birds, sometimes including
non-duck species such as bitterns and herons. Some female Redheads
never raise their own young, only parasitizing other species' nests.
and sloughs, shallow ponds and lakes.
Diet: Primarily the leaves, roots, and
seeds of aquatic plants. Also will occasionally feed on aquatic insects
Behavior: Forages by both diving for food and
dabbling in shallow water. Gregarious, with many often nesting in
close proximity, which no doubt contributes to nest parasitism with the
species. Will also gather in very large flocks during migration and in
Nesting: May through July
Song: Generally silent, although males have various
vocalizations during courtship.
Migration: Summers in the
northern plains, western U.S., central Canada, and locally elsewhere.
Winters in the southern half of the U.S. and points south.
Conservation Status: Numbers are far below historical levels,
and may still be in decline in some areas.
Cornell University's "All About Birds - Redhead"
Photo Information: April 5th, 2008 - Dewey Gevik
Nature Area, Minnehaha County - Terry Sohl
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