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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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It wasn't long after the first pair of goldeneyes were in hand that Greg spotted a flock of buffleheads.
Ten-week-old Gauge lives in Argyle, Manitoba, Canada, where he enjoys retrieving mallards, teal and buffleheads on East Shoal Lake.
bluebills), enormous flocks of Canada geese, as well as smaller flocks of common goldeneyes, buffleheads and mergansers.
Two, West Coast duck hunting primarily consists of divers in open water--redheads, bluebills and buffleheads the most likely game with canvasbacks and the merganser species rounding out the roster.
I like gliding past the swans/deer/ buffleheads on the Charles, talking to the early-rising loons in New Hampshire, or watching the osprey circle overhead as I leave the SCRC beach on Blackburn Point Road.
On the other hand, ducks -- like buffleheads -- avoid pursuit by diving straight down.
We stopped frequently to watch great blue herons, teal, buffleheads and geese.
Role of food in territoriality and egg production of Buffleheads (Bucephala albeola) and Barrow's Goldeneyes (Bucephala islandica).
There were also three species firsts for WWT Washington's conservation breeding programme; buffleheads, Barrow's goldeneye and Northern shoveler.
Relative intensity of predation also was: 1) high but variable on relatively rare, migrant belted kingfishers in both segments; 2) more variable on species that sustained lower relative intensity of predation in the usually turbid segment; and 3) zero on some species that were relatively abundant during pre-nesting or nesting periods, such as gadwalls (Anas strepera), buffleheads (Bucephalus albeola), and spotted sandpipers (Actitis macularia), respectively (Tables 1 and 2).
Inside Minchk's tender lay a trio of drake buffleheads, a redhead and a pair of bluebills.
For folks into birds (the kind you won't be eating later) now's prime time for buffleheads and mergansers, eagles, pileated woodpeckers, and if the weather holds, a flock of nearly 20 noisy parrots roosting in the trees on the east lip of the loop.