Tufted duck Aythya fuligula

Identification Tips:

Adult male alternate:

Adult male basic:

Adult female:

Similar species:

Adult male Ring-necked Duck similar in alternate plumage but has different bill pattern, grayer flanks and vertical white finger just behind black breast. Scaups are similar to the Tufted Duck but males have gray flanks and backs instead of white flanks and black backs. Females scaups are very similar but usually have a white band around base of bill and have less black at the tip of the bill.