Ruddy Duck

Ruddy Duck

Ruddy Duck
Oxyura jamaicensis


CLASS
Aves
ORDER
Anseriformes
FAMILY
Anatidae

Range

North America. It has been introduced into several European and North African countries.


Habitat

Fresh water marshes, ponds and lakes with emergent vegetation and areas of open water.


Diet

seeds, sedges, grasses, pondweeds, algae, and small aquatic invertebrates

Weight

1 - 2 lbs.

Size

13.8 – 16.9 in

Wingspan

22 - 24.4 in.

Incubation

20 - 26 days

Clutch

3 - 13 eggs

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • Ruddy ducks are great swimmer and divers. They are hardly ever seen on land.
  • To escape predators, it dives rather than flies.
  • Ruddy ducks become aggressive during breeding season.
  • Young fledge in 50-55 days.
  • Pleistocene fossils of Ruddy Ducks, at least 11,000 years old, have been unearthed in Oregon, California, Virginia, Florida, and Illinois.

 

Conservation

Least Concern

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Closed only Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Year's Day

Address

Alexandria Zoo
3016 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
P: (318) 441-6810

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