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redhead

[red-hed] /ˈrɛdˌhɛd/
noun
1.
a person having red hair.
2.
an American diving duck, Aythya americana, the male of which has a bright chestnut-red head.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; red1 + head
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  • Often confused with the canvasback, the redhead has a grayer back and a more rounded head.
  • It was purchased to protect redhead nesting habitat.
  • Canvasback and redhead ducks, among other waterfowl species, reproduce here.
  • redhead and lesser scaup are types of diving ducks typically seen on the refuge.
British Dictionary definitions for redhead

redhead

/ˈrɛdˌhɛd/
noun
1.
a person with red hair
2.
a diving duck, Aythya americana, of North America, the male of which has a grey-and-black body and a reddish-brown head
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Word Origin and History for redhead
n.

mid-13c., from red (adj.1) + head (n.). Red (adj.), of persons, "having red hair" is from late Old English.

The Carrot pate be sure you hate, for she'l be true to no man,
But put her too 't and she will do 't, and oft turns very common:
She that is red upon the head will doubtless ne'r forsake it,
But wanton be, assuredly, and willingly will take it.
["The True Lover's Admonition," Roxburghe Ballads, c.1680]

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Encyclopedia Article for redhead

(Aythya americana), North American diving duck (family Anatidae), a popular game bird. The redhead breeds in marshes from British Columbia to Wisconsin and winters as far south as the Yucatan Peninsula. Breeding males have a round, red-brown head, gray back, and dark breast and tail; females are uniformly brown. Both sexes have light gray bands visible on the rear of the wings when in flight. The population has declined in the east as a result of destruction of the brackish marshes that provide its preferred forage plants. Redheads nest in tall vegetation quite close to water, although some females parasitize the nests of other ducks. Not easily disturbed, the redhead benefits from the wariness of the American wigeon, with which it often feeds

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