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April 2013 - Bufflehead
Bufflehead, Bucephala albeola
The Bufflehead is a small diving duck with a very noticeable large head which is actually the source of its common name since its disproportionate size is reminiscent of a buffalo, hence "buffalo-head" which became Bufflehead. From a distance the head of the male looks black with a white back, but it is actually iridescent with tinges of purple in the right light.

The Bufflehead nests in tree holes, often the hole of a Northern Flicker.
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