Saturday, July 18, 2015

Ruddy Duck

The Ruddy Duck (Scientific Name - Oxyura jamaicensis) is a small duck that can be found through much of North America. They can be found as far north as the northern parts of the Western Canadian provinces. They migrate south into Central America.  The males have a dark head and bright white cheeks. During breeding their bodies are more chestnut in colour and their bills a bright blue.  Females are mostly brown with a stripe across their cheek. The Ruddy Duck has a thick neck and a longish tail that they often hold cocked upright. They are nocturnal and often can be seen sleeping during the day. The photos were taken in May 2015 in Valemount (breeding male), British Columbia and in November 2014 in Abbotsford, B.C.


Daytime sleeping

Male Breeding Colours


  1. What an amazing blue bill...well all their little distinctions are amazing when you get right down to it!

    1. Thanks Jeannette.. it turns blue during breeding season..During the courtship display, the male points its tail skyward and rapidly thumps the blue bill against its chest...