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bufflehead

[buhf-uh l-hed] /ˈbʌf əlˌhɛd/
noun
1.
a small North American duck, Bucephala albeola, the male of which has bushy head plumage.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60, Americanism; buffle (see buff1) + head
Related forms
buffleheaded, adjective
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bufflehead

/ˈbʌfəlˌhɛd/
noun
1.
a small North American diving duck, Bucephala (or Glaucionetta) albeola: the male has black-and-white plumage and a fluffy head Also called butterball
Word Origin
C17 buffle from obsolete buffle wild ox (see buff1), referring to the duck's head
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bufflehead

n.

small North American duck, 1858 (buffle-headed duck attested from 1831), from buffle (1510s), obsolete variant of buffalo (n.) + head (n.). So called for its large head; earlier the noun meant "stupid person" (1650s; cf. also buffle-headed "big-headed," also "foolish," 1650s).

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bufflehead

(Bucephala albeola), small, rapid-flying duck of the family Anatidae, which breeds in woodland ponds and bogs from Alaska and northern California east to Ontario. It winters along both coasts of North America. The bufflehead, at a length of about 33-39 cm (13-15.5 inches), is among the smallest of hunted waterfowl. The black-and-white drake has a white wedge on the back of his head; his mate has a white bar below and behind her eye. Buffleheads begin breeding at the age of two. The pale eggs, about nine in an average clutch, are laid in holes abandoned by flickers, in trees fairly near the water. The diet consists of small aquatic invertebrates, plus some fish in winter. Not shy of hunters, buffleheads will often circle and return to the same spot from which they were flushed.

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