Bucephala albeola

Common Names: Bufflehead
Category: Birds
Sub-category: Ducks, Geese, & Swans

The Bufflehead ranges from 32-40 cm long and 0.6-1.2 lbs, with the drakes larger than the females. Averaging 35.5 cm and 13 oz, it rivals the Green-winged Teal as the smallest American duck. Adult males are striking black and white, with iridescent green and purple heads with a large white patch behind the eye. Females are grey-toned with a smaller white patch behind the eye and a light underside.

They are migratory and most of them winter in protected coastal waters, or open inland waters, on the east and west coasts of North America and the southern United States. Their breeding habitat is wooded lakes and ponds in Alaska and Canada.

Edible Notes: Like most other ducks they are edible. While the flavor is not highly regarded, there are a few recipes found online. Farm-raised domestic duck is commonly available in supermarkets in Connecticut and is a good alternative. Duck meat (domestic) is a common dish in Asian restaurants, especially Thai cuisine.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.