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Tufted Duck - Aythya fuligula

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Tufted Ducks are far from numerous winter visitors to the Algarve but can usually be found in small numbers at Lagoa dos Salgados, the ETAR de Vilamoura and Lagoa de São Lourenço. One of the so-called diving ducks, it procures its aquatic animal and plant food by diving under the surface of the water.

Tufted Duck 1

Male. Lagoa de São Lourenço, Quinta do Lago.
 

Tufted Duck 2

As in this individual, female Tufted Ducks sometimes display a noticeable area of white extending upwards from the base of the upper mandible, inviting mis-identification as Greater Scaup. Lagoa de São Lourenço, Quinta de Lago

 

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