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A small North American diving duck (Bucephala albeola) having black and white plumage and a densely feathered, rounded head. Also called butterball.

[Obsolete buffle, buffalo (from French, from Late Latin būfalus; see buffalo) + head.]


(Animals) a small North American diving duck, Bucephala (or Glaucionetta) albeola: the male has black-and-white plumage and a fluffy head. Also called: butterball
[C17 buffle from obsolete buffle wild ox (see buff1), referring to the duck's head]


(ˈbʌf əlˌhɛd)

a small North American duck, Bucephala albeola, the male of which has a large head with bushy plumage.
[1855–60, Amer.; buffle (see buff1) + head;]
buf′fle•head`ed, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bufflehead - small North American diving duckbufflehead - small North American diving duck; males have bushy head plumage
duck - small wild or domesticated web-footed broad-billed swimming bird usually having a depressed body and short legs
Bucephala, genus Bucephala - buffleheads and goldeneyes
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Other waterfowl species commonly observed on the reservoir include American wigeon (Anas americana), gadwall (Anas strepera), bufflehead (Bucephala albeola), Canada goose (Branta canadensis), ruddy duck (Oxyura jamaicensis), wood duck (Aix sponsa), and blue-winged teal (Anas discors).
A comparison of the characteristics and fate of Barrow's Goldeneye and Bufflehead nests in nest boxes and natural cavities.
What do bufflehead, collared pratincole, white-throated needle-tail and desert wheatear have in common, apart from the fact that they are all birds?
Invertebrate Community Structure in Relation to the Foraging Ecology of Mallard and Bufflehead Ducklings in Western Canada.
Both zebra and quagga mussels have become important food sources for several local species in Ontario, including various crayfishes and fish, as well as waterfowl, such as the lesser scaup, the greater scaup, and the bufflehead.
The bufflehead duck would talk to me, but now he circles, unsolicitous, masked, upon the pond.
The young female bufflehead has caused a stir in bird-watching circles after surviving getting blown thousands of miles off course and landing in a west-of-Ireland lake.
The mix of old guys chatting about great guns they'd shot or owned, and younger guys pranking each other and pitching flak at someone about why they had to shoot the same bufflehead five times.
The agency has also gunned down the brown-headed cowbird, boat-tailed grackle, common raven, American crow, fish crow and waterfowl and wading birds that relish the coastal wetlands neighboring Kennedy, such as the wood duck, bufflehead, American wigeon, semipalmated plover, sanderling, least sandpiper, black-crowned night heron, great egret and cattle egret, according to Port Authority records.
When I look back on the week, we saw a fine mix of bufflehead, green-wing teal, black duck, northern shoveler, ruddy ducks, hooded mergansers, blue-winged teal, bluebills, mallards, long-tailed ducks, common scoters, tundra swan and Canada geese.
The six-episode series features chefs as they prepare meals ranging from bufflehead duck in interior British Columbia all the way to lobster in Prince Edward Island.