Bufflehead

(Bucephala albeola)

Conservation Status
Bufflehead
Photo by Ramona Abrego
  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

     
  NatureServe

N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

SNRB - Unranked Breeding

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
 
Description
 
 

The male has a large, white, wedge-shaped patch on the back of the head.

 
     
 

Size

 
 

13 to 5 in length

21 wingspan

 
     
 

Voice

 
   
     
 

Similar Species

 
  Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) white crest is bordered with black.  
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Open water of lakes, ponds, rivers

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Migration

 
 

Early March to mid-May and early October to early December

 
     
 

Nesting

 
 

 

 
     
 

Food

 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Occurrence

 
 

Common migrant, very rare breeder

 
         
 

Maps

 
 

The Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union All Seasons Species Occurrence Map

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Class Aves (birds)  
 

Order

Anseriformes (waterfowl)  
 

Family

Anatidae (ducks, geese, and swans)  
  Subfamily Anatinae (dabbling ducks)  
 

Genus

Bucephala (goldeneyes and bufflehead)  
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

Glaucionetta albeola

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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Ramona Abrego

 
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Kathleen Coghill

 
 

In my backyard, sorry for the crummy quality.

 
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Ted Zempel

 
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Wayne Rasmussen

 
 

Buffleheads spotted in Maplewood Hts Park in April of 2014

 
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Joshua Mayer
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Bucephala albeola

 
     

 

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Other Videos
 
  Buffleheads at Sachuest Point - November 30, 2013
Don Gagnon
 
   
 
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Published on Dec 1, 2013

Buffleheads (Bucephala albeola), near Flint Rock Loop, Sachuset Point National Wildlife Refuge, Middletown, Rhode Island, Saturday afternoon, November 30, 2013, 10:52 AM / 10:53 AM / 10:54 AM - Canon PowerShot SX50 HS MVI_57797 / MVI_57798 / MVI_57800; 1:02 min

   
  Bufflehead (Anatidae: Bucephala albeola) Male and Female
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Apr 2, 2010

A pair of Bufflehead ducks forage in the open water at Kellys Slough NWR, North Dakota (on 02 April 2010).

   
  Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)
RÜZGAR YELİ
 
   
 
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Published on Apr 7, 2013

Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)

   
  The Bufflehead Show
peasant1
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Feb 5, 2010

30 seconds of an active male diving around the Mallards at Chicago's North Pond. It was snowing. Movie taken with a Panasonic FZ35.

   
  Buffleheads
wetvideocamera
 
   
 
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Published on Mar 20, 2012

Buffleheads are the smallest type of diving duck found in the Pacific Northwest. They are quite territorial especially when with a mate. They will drive away other buffleheads either by chasing on the surface or launching submarine attacks beneath the surface of the water.

( Bucephala albeola ) Burnaby Lake Regional Park March 20, 2012

   
       

 

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  Eileen
3/24/2021

Location: Waconia

I see 5 this morning on the pond in Waconia.

  Kathleen Coghill
4/21/2020

Location: Lino Lakes, MN

In my backyard, sorry for the crummy quality.

Bufflehead

 
  Bob Hefferan
4/13/2020

Location: Big Sauk Lake, Mn (south end).

Have seen at least 5 Bufflehead in the last couple of days.

  Peter Provost
4/6/2020
(time: 5:00 pm)

Location: Pine Bend trailhead Main Pond NW- Inver Grove Heights

One mating pair diving in pond near a mating pair of Mallards

  Deb Potz
4/5/2020

Location: Oak Grove, MN

Two males in pond out back. First time in the three years living here. Kept pretty far out, but still fun to watch frequent diving and resurfacing.

  Ramona Abrego
5/10/2019

Location: Becker County

Bufflehead

 
  Ramona Abrego
5/7/2019

Location: Becker County

Bufflehead

 
  Ted Zempel
4/18/2019

Location: Linwood west of Stacy, MN

Bufflehead

 
  Andrew Mason
4/16/2019

Location: Blaine, MN

  Christopher
4/30/2018

Location: Wyoming, MN

2 males and 2 females on the pond every evening since ice out.

  Wayne Rasmussen
4/20/2014

Location: Maplewood Heights Park

Buffleheads spotted in Maplewood Hts Park in April of 2014

Bufflehead

 
  Dianne
4/2/2016

Location: North Long Lake, Merrifield MN

           
 
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