buf·​fle·​head ˈbə-fəl-ˌhed How to pronounce bufflehead (audio)
: a small North American diving duck (Bucephala albeola)

Examples of bufflehead in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Those wishing to target buffleheads, or for that matter, canvasbacks or goldeneyes, should set a handful of drake bufflehead decoys off to one side of the spread. M.d. Johnson, Field & Stream, 30 Nov. 2023 Details here and here. BEACH WALK Beach season starts now: Grab your binoculars to check out sandpipers, eiders, buffleheads at Norman Bird Sanctuary’s stroll on Third Beach. Lauren Daley, BostonGlobe.com, 25 May 2023 Highlights included a sooty shearwater and 16 Wilson’s storm-petrels off George’s Island in Boston Harbor, a bufflehead in Winthrop, a least bittern at Belle Isle in East Boston, and a hooded merganser and an alder flycatcher at Millennium Park in West Roxbury. BostonGlobe.com, 31 July 2021 But some of my best duck hunting memories are of bufflehead swarming a mallard spread on a windy lake in Wisconsin, gadwall dropping from the stratosphere to get into a half-frozen pothole in North Dakota, and teal and shovelers screaming through a pass-shoot in Mexico. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, 18 Dec. 2020 In an all-day coastal marsh sit, three of us downed a single lesser scaup and a lone bufflehead. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, 1 Jan. 2021 Within 100 yards of the trailhead, a blue surgical mask caught the sun in a thicket of reeds, a flock of bufflehead ducks paddling through the calm waters in a V formation just a few yards away. Scott Wilson, Washington Post, 11 Dec. 2020 Newly arrived wild ducks—buffleheads and hooded mergansers—circle in small groups near the shore. Sylvia Poggioli, The New York Review of Books, 29 Mar. 2020 And, in fact some swimmers do come in the winter: buffleheads, ring-necked ducks, mergansers and other waterfowl visiting from the north. New York Times, 18 Aug. 2019 See More

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Word History


archaic English buffle buffalo + English head

First Known Use

1731, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bufflehead was in 1731

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“Bufflehead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bufflehead. Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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