Ruddy Duck

An extremely unique waterbird for the BC Bird Trail. Smaller and stockier than a Mallard. Notable for their long, stiff tails that they often hold upright. Females are a somewhat drab brown, but males have a white patch on the cheek, richer chestnut colouring elsewhere, and an incredible light blue bill during breeding season!

Active seasons

All year, but less in summer.

How/where to find

Lakes and Ponds are the best spots to see them. Look for a smallish duck with an upright tail.

Occasionally spotted on the coast, you can most often find the Ruddy Duck on the Columbia Valley Bird Trail.