Tufted Duck

Aythya fuligula

Armenian Name: Փուփուլավոր սուզաբադ
Tufted Duck

See Plate 18 for Tufted Duck and other similar species

Resident Status: Year-round resident
Abundance: Uncommon
Length:40-47 cm, Wing Span:67-73 cm
Distribution Map: Map 81.
Description: Diving duck with a tuft on the hindcrown. Male: black with white flanks and belly, and long drooping crest. Female: dark brown upperparts and flanks, small pale patch at base of bill, short crest.
Similar Species: Male differs from Greater Scaup by having dark back and crest. Female differs from female Greater Scaup by having less white at base of bill.
Behavior: Swims low with tail resting on water. Frequent dives are preceded by a jump.
Habitat: Lakes with scattered emergent vegetation; rivers.
Food: Aquatic vegetation, insect larvae.
Nest: Ground depression lined with grass and down in reeds.
Eggs: 59 mm, 7-11, greenish-gray.