Ruddy Duck

Oxyura jamaicensis

The ruddy duck is a freshwater diver that nests in tall weeds and grasses near the water. A flattened bill helps it strain muddy lake bottoms for seeds and insect larvae. The male displays to defend his nesting territory by holding up its long, stiff tail and drumming its beak against its chest to create bubbles.

Fact File

where to see themWhere to see them: Wings of the World
lengthLength: 1.2 to 1.4 ft
weightWeight: Up to 1.9 lbs
habitatHabitat: Lakes and ponds
dietDiet: Aquatic plants and invertebrates