Species Factsheet

Oxyura jamaicensis


Complete name: Oxyura jamaicensis (Gmelin, 1789)
Taxonomy: Aves » Chordata » Aves » Anseriformes » Anatidae » Oxyura jamaicensis
Authors: Susan Shirley
Last updated: February 21st, 2007

Common Names

Ruddy duck.


Oxyura jamaicensis

Short Description

A small diving duck inhabiting freshwater habitats. Omnivorous, feeding on molluscs, insects and their larvae especially chironomid larvae, but also on seeds and parts of water plants. Distinguished by a long, sometimes erect tail characteristic of the stifftail tribe Oxyurini, with males having a bright blue bill, black crown and nape, white cheeks and reddish body.