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Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis
 
Identification: Small, compact duck with a thick neck, large head and strong bill. Male is reddish with black and white head and blue bill. Female has less bright dark and light head-pattern.
Information: Distribution: introduced breeder to southern Britain. Attempts to eradicate this species are intrusive for other wildlife. Wildlife has been disturbed at over a hundred sites. More disturbance to come. What about the thousands of other introduced species?
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