Family: (Anatidae) Ducks, Geese, and Swans
Preferred Habitat: Lakes and shallow bays
Seasonal Occurrence: Common November through March
Notes: Buffleheads are the smallest diving duck - some say they look more like a toy duck than a real one. Males have a large white patch which covers the entire back of the head in breeding plumage. In nonbreeding plumage the patch is not as extensive. Females have a white horizontal cheek patch. Buffleheads breed in Canada and Alaska. They appropriate suitable tree cavities for their nests, primarily selecting holes excavated by Northern Flickers. According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife, Texas has the record for the largest winter count of Buffleheads. The average number throughout Texas is 4,300.
- Susan Billetdeaux