Ruddy Duck

(Oxyura jamaicensis)

Conservation Status

 

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  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

     
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N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

SNRB - Unranked Breeding

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
 
Description
 
 

 

 
     
 

Size

 
 

15 to 15 in length

18½ wingspan

 
     
 

Voice

 
 

 

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
     
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Breeding: Swamps, marshes, and lake edges with emergent vegetation

Migration: Lakes and rivers with open water

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Migration

 
 

Early March to mid-May and early September to mid-December

 
     
 

Nesting

 
 

 

 
     
 

Food

 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Occurrence

 
 

Common migrant, uncommon breeder

 
         
 

Maps

 
 

The Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union All Seasons Species Occurrence Map

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Class Aves (birds)  
 

Order

Anseriformes (ducks, geese, swans, and relatives)  
 

Family

Anatidae (ducks, geese, and swans)  
  Subfamily Anatinae (dabbling ducks)  
 

Genus

Oxyura (stiff-tailed ducks)  
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

Colombian Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis andina)

North American Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis jamaicensis)

Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis rubida) (?)

 
       
 

Four subspecies have been described. Andean Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis ferruginea) is now considered a separate species, Oxyura ferruginea. Colombian Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis andina) may be a hybrid between the North American and the Andean Ruddy Duck. The North American population, Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis rubida), may be an invalid subspecies. Depending on which authority is consulted, there may be two, three, four, or no subspecies of North American Ruddy Duck.

 
       
 

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  Ruddy Duck (Anatidae: Oxyura jamaicensis) Male
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
About

Uploaded on May 13, 2010

Photographed at Kellys Slough NWR, North Dakota (13 May 2010).

   
       
  Ruddy Ducks, Oxyura jamaicensis. Feisty little duck with a blue bill.
Nature's Cool
 
   
 
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Published on Sep 21, 2015

These feisty little ducks can be fun to watch. They have some unique courting behavior, and can dive to the bottom of their pond.

   
       
  Mysterious behaviors of Ruddy Ducks
TerraNaturalist
 
   
 
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Published on Nov 12, 2012

For a male Ruddy Duck, the ability to impress one or more females determines the number of offspring he can sire. To do this, his overall size is less important than the size of his large feet and long tail. Males also go to great lengths to show off their vivid, sky blue bill, and they have the odd behavior of beating their breast and creating bubbles. In this video we propose that the color of a male's bill complements the color of the sky for a reason.

   
       
  Ruddy Ducks in Kansas
kdwpinfo
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Mar 26, 2010

Learn about these small and colorful diving ducks in this video.

   
       
  A male Ruddy Duck in nonbreeding plumage dives for food
LabofOrnithology
 
   
 
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Published on Jan 27, 2016

A male Ruddy Duck in nonbreeding plumage dives for food and comes back up again. Ruddy Ducks forage mostly by diving to the bottom of shallow ponds, straining mouthfuls of mud through thin plates on their bills and swallowing the prey items that are left behind. They eat aquatic insects, crustaceans, zooplankton, and other invertebrates, along with small amounts of aquatic plants and seeds. At the end of the film, a Gadwall swims by. Video recorded by Jay McGowan in New York/Macaulay Library/http://macaulaylibrary.org/video/475156. For more bird videos and sounds, explore the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, http://macaulaylibrary.org. For additional identification and life history information visit: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Ruddy_Duck/id

   
       

 

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Tom D
10/20/2017

Location: Gull Lake- Baxter, MN

Lone female in 50 foot deep water
Following boat like it was begging

 
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