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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.]
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(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]
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(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.
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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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In winter, Youngs Island is an important resting stop for migrating waterfowl, particularly several species of special interest, including American black duck, lesser and greater scaup, mallard, canvasback, Canada goose, long-tailed duck, bufflehead, common goldeneye, American wigeon, and red-breasted merganser.
The birds on display in the cabinet include tufted duck; velvet scoter; Steller's eider; bufflehead; hooded merganser; common pochard; red-crested pochard; Eurasian wigeon; red-breasted merganser; common merganser; American wood duck; smew; ruddy shelduck; common shelduck; surf scoter; northern pintail; brown teal; common eider; harlequin duck, Eurasian teal and garganey.
For example, Dawson and Bortolotti (1997) reported an American kestrel Falco sparverius incubating a bufflehead Bucephala albeola egg and four kestrel eggs (the bufflehead and two kestrel chicks fledged); Manlove (1998) found an Eastern screech-owl Megascops asio apparently evicting a nesting wood duck or Carolina duck Aix sponsa), laying on top of the covered duck eggs, and subsequently hatching at least one owlet and one duckling.
For the next few hours flocks of Canada geese, mallards, black ducks and canvasbacks, plus the occasional bufflehead and bluebill and gadwall, keep our attention.
affinis), Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis), Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus), Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola), Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus), Surf Scoter (Mehnitta perspicillata), White-winged Scoter (M.
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fusca Bufflehead 397 258 Bucephala albeola Goldeneye 887 577 (unidentified) * Common Goldeneye 863 5% 561 Bucephala clangula Barrow's Goldeneye 910 592 B.
(Bufflehead; PC2001 = 10.73%, PC2013 = 0.71%, [G.sub.1] = 10.5, P < 0.005), Anas strepera L.
A key part of the Pacific Flyway, the bay is home to 281 species of resident and migrating birds, among them the western sandpiper, the bufflehead, and the great blue heron.