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Bufflehead Duck Using PECk-O-MATIC Automatic Duck Feeder

Northern Pintails  Duck Using Automatic Duck Feeder

The Bufflehead is easily distinguished from other ducks because of its small size and also with its white underside and a dark back that seems to be black but is actually a deep greenish-purple. The wedge of white at the back of the black head is another feature of this breed. The female of this breed is a drab brown with white patches on the ear and wing.

The PECk-O-MATICAutomatic Duck Feeder can help to make your birds self sufficient, which is a bonus if you want to take a break from the daily routine. Millet and mash can be served through the ¼ inch regulator disc. The 5/8 inch regulator disc of the PECk-O-MATIC Automatic Duck Feeder can be used for pellets, cracked corn and wheat. Learning period for the poultry is very short due to the small amount of movement when operating.

Buffleheads eat mostly insect larvae and other invertebrates during nesting season. Crustaceans and mollusks are what they feed on during winter. They dive and swallow their prey while still under water. Each dive is about 12 seconds long and rarely more than 25 seconds, and staying on In fall and winter, they thrive on seeds of pondweeds and bulrushes. They nest in flicker holes, which are too small for other cavity-nesting ducks.

An interesting fact is that Bufflehead fossils from about 500,000 years ago have been found in Alaska, California, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Texas, and Washington. Buffleheads often keep the same mate, and the same nest, for several years. They are aggressive and monogamous during the breeding season.