White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala

White-headed Duck
White-headed Duck
The male white-headed duck is not fully white-headed but has a black cap. The duck comes from the Iberian Peninsula, north Africa and western and Central Asia.
White-headed Duck
White-headed Duck male
The male has more white on face and nape than his relative the North American Ruddy Duck (see link below); the latter, introduced to Europe, has caused problems by breeding with the limited Spanish population. Both are "stiff tail" species and have a large-based, turquoise beak and spiky tail.
White-headed Duck female
White-headed Duck female
The female white-headed duck has very little white on her head, mainly on the lower face and obscured by a dark brown cheek stripe.
White-headed Duck drake
White-headed Duck female
She also has an over-sized base of the beak typical of the species but brown rather than turquoise.
White-headed Duck
White-headed Duck
White-headed Duck
White-headed Duck
White-headed Duck
White-headed Duck
White-headed Duck
White-headed Duck
This female is unusual in not having the typical white cheeks/lower face.
White-headed Duck
The fat conductor