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Bucephala albeola

The Bufflehead is a smallish, diving duck that breeds in central Canada and Alaska. Except for a few locations in coastal Pacific Northwest and Alaska, it only winters in the USA and Mexico.

Like its closest relatives the goldeneyes, the Bufflehead is a tree cavity nester known to exploit holes excavated by Northern Flickers. Unlike most ducks, Buffleheads pair-bond for many years, if not for life.

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