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Bufflehead - Bucephala albeola

A small sea duck only passing the Montreal area from their winter habitat, protected coastal or inland waters to the breeding areas in the tundra and boreal forests. This species dives for food which mostly consists of aquatic insects, crustacean and mollusks.

Common Names

  • Bufflehead (en)
  • Porrón coronado (es)
  • Petit Garrot (fr)
  • Büffelkopfente (de)


  • Anseriformes
  • Anatidae
  • Bucephala albeola

Where & When to Spot

I saw this species only during a short period of time in early April in Rapids Park Lachine.

How to Identify

A beautiful bird. The male has colorful feathers front of the head and a large white patch on the back male. Females brownish, dark grey on the back and light grey breast and belly with a white patch on the cheek.


Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)

Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)

Male Bufflehead

Rapids Park Lachine - 2019-04-14

NIKON D500; 300mm f/4.0; Focal Length 420mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f/5.6; Iso 250;

Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)

Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)

Rapids Park Lachine - 2017-04-14

NIKON D500; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f6.3; Iso 400;

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