Every Bird Matters
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February 28, 2017

Patient of the Week: Bufflehead

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This week’s patient of the week features a drake (male) Bufflehead. From a distance, these small ducks look black and white in coloring. On closer inspection, the head feathers show off a rich iridescent purple-green.

The Bufflehead was transferred to our Los Angeles Wildlife Center from the California Wildlife Center. He was found in a rural subdivision in Calabasas, CA, located in the hills west of the San Fernando Valley. He had a wound on the tip of his bill and some toe wounds from crash-landing.

Good news! After just a week in care, the Bufflehead was released back to the wild.

If you want to go find yourself a Bufflehead in the wild, Audubon has some tips.

Photo by Katrina Plummer

 

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