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Ruddy duck

Ruddy duck

Ruddy duck Oxyura jamaicensis

Small in size and displaying a showy, almost comical alternate plumage, the male ruddy duck is an unforgettable sight. Known for their peculiar courtship display in which the male draws his head down and slaps his bill against his breast repeatedly, creating a bubbling in the water and a hollow tapping sound. A consummate diver, this bird is nearly helpless on land.