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North Dakota Game Species
Fact Sheet
Scientific Name Aythya americana
Wing spread 33 inches
Body length 20 inches
Weight 2.4 pounds
Description The redhead is a large duck. Males have a large round reddish head, gray back and black tail. Females are a nondescript tawny brown. Both sexes have a gray bill with a white band toward the tip, dark grayish brown wing and a dull pearl gray speculum.
Nesting Habitat Most redheads nest over water in dense stands of emergent vegetation.
Clutch size 10 eggs
Incubation period 24 days
Status in North Dakota Redheads are common during migration and nesting seasons in North Dakota.
Food habits Redheads feed primarily on aquatic plant seeds, tubers and leaves.
Fun Facts Redheads are considered semi-parasitic nesters, with some hens laying eggs in the nests of other species of ducks and then may or may not incubate a clutch of their own.