Birds of North Carolina:
their Distribution and Abundance
Tufted Duck - Aythya fuligula
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General Comments The Tufted Duck is a Eurasian species, straying somewhat regularly to the extreme northeastern parts of North America, as well as to Alaska. Records committees often have difficulty judging provenance of many reports, as the species is often kept by waterfowl breeders. The species is accidental in the state, with just a single record: a male seen and photographed at a wastewater treatment pond in Winston-Salem from 30 Jan - 14 Feb 2009* [Chat 73:149-153 link]. The bird was judged by the NC BRC to be of wild origin [Chat 74:1-5 link].
Breeding Status Nonbreeder
NC BRC List Definitive
State Status
U.S. Status
State Rank SA
Global Rank G5
Coastal Plain No records.
Piedmont One record (see above).
Mountains No records.
Finding Tips
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Attribution LeGrand[2018-02-01], LeGrand[2011-12-31], LeGrand[2011-11-23]
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