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Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis

Ruddy Ducks breed in the interior western states and Canada.  They winter in the southern states.  They are year-round residents in the western coastal states and Mexico.  In Florida, the Ruddy Duck is considered a winter resident, although a few will remain through the summer and breed here.  Its numbers vary from very rare to fairly common, depending on locale.