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Aythya valisineria
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Habitat: Shallow wetlands, lakes and ponds with water plants.

Description: Male: White back, chestnut head, a black breast and red eyes.  Female: grey back, and lighter brown head.

Size: 48-56cm long

Diet: roots, tubers, stems of plants, and bulrush seeds.

Fun Facts: They can dive up to nine meters to feed on aquatic plants!

Source: Fisher, C. and J. Acorn. 1998. Birds of Alberta. Lone Pine Publishing.

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Cabbage White
Pieris rapae

Habitat:  One of the most common butterflies, the Cabbage White was accidentally introduced in Quebec back in 1860 and has since spread across the entire country since.  It is found throughout the entirety of Alberta.

Description:  A very plain looking butterfly, it is mostly white with a few dark patches on its upper wing.

Size:  40-50 mm

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