White-headed Duck

Oxyura leucocephala

Armenian Name: Սպիտակագլուխ բադ
Species Status: Endangered Species - Species of Special Concern
White-headed Duck

See Plate 19 for White-headed Duck and other similar species

Resident Status: Breeding bird
Abundance: Rare
Length:43-48 cm, Wing Span:62-70 cm
Distribution Map: Map 88.
Description: Shows broad bill that appears swollen, short thick neck, long stiff tail. Male: bright blue bill, black crown patch on white head, black neck ring. Upperparts reddish-brown. Female: duller and browner than male, with smaller dark gray bill and distinctive dark bar across off-white lower face.
Behavior: Swims very low in water with tail lowered or cocked. Requires open water for takeoff run.
Habitat: Lakes bordered by dense emergent vegetation.
Food: Seeds and vegetative parts of water plants.
Nest: Platform of reeds lined with down on clump of rotted aquatic vegetation deep in reed thickets.
Eggs: 70 mm, 5-10, dull white.