Ruddy Duck

Oxyura jamaicensis

Description:
Ruddy Duck
Facts:

This duck first appeared in the 1940's probably introduced as an ornamental. It has spread rapidly and breeds freely with the white headed duck, this has caused a problem where the survival of the white headed duck is the balance. The Ruddy Duck was the subject of a cull in the UK in 2003.

Introduced:

1940's
Origin:
North America
Location:
Most of UK
Status:
Endangered by culling!
Problems:
Comments:
Interbreeding with white headed duck