Description - A beautiful, crested, multicolored duck, the male is patterned in iridescent greens, purples and blues with a distinctive white chin patch and face stripes. The female is grayish with a broad, white eye ring. The bill is mainly red and the tail long. The females call is louder than that of the male.
Distribution - In the west this duck breeds from B.C. south to California and winters near the Pacific coast no farther north than Washington. It inhabits wooded rivers, ponds and swamps and visits freshwater marshes in the late summer and fall.