Bufflehead

Bucephala albeola

This small black and white diving duck is one of the more common species of non-breeding waterfowl on the island. Although most numerous in spring, Buffleheads have been sighted throughout the summer and into the fall. Buffleheads typically show in either the Salt Lagoon or on one of Saint Paul’s many freshwater lakes. Identification of male Bufflehead is straightforward, as the striking, round black and white head and black back are not shared by any other species. The female Bufflehead can confidently be identified by her small size, and dark head with a white oval patch in the cheek.