Redhead

Important Notice:

Flyways.us will be shutting down on January 2, 2019. However, most of the content found here will now be available on the the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Migratory Bird Program website.

Aythya americana

The Redhead drake is smaller than the Canvasback with which it is often confused. It has a reddish head, a rounded steep forehead, a blue-gray bill and its sides and back are grayish. The hen has a brown head and body and also a gray bill. The wings appear light tan in flight.

Length: 20"
Weight: 2 1/2 lbs.

illustration of redhead hen and eclipse drake

Range coast to coast, with the largest numbers in the Central Flyway. Migratory flocks travel in V's; move in irregular formations over feeding areas. Often found associating with canvasback.

In the air, they give the impression of always being in a hurry.

illustration of redhead wings

illustration of redhead drake

Usually spend the day in large rafts in deep water; feed morning and evening in shallower sections.

Redhead
illustration of a typical redhead flock pattern

illustration of redhead in flightside view illustration of redhead in flight

Drakes purr and meow; hens have a loud squak, higher than a hen mallard's.