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Cinnamon Teal
In the Pacific Flyway, cinnamon teal are far more common th...

Length--22 in. Weight--3 lbs. Normally late to start so...

Puddle Ducks
Puddle ducks are typically birds of fresh, shallow marshes ...

Length--17 in. Weight--2 lbs. Similar in appearance to...

Common--Length--19 in. Weight--2 lbs. Barrow's...

Length--24-25 in. Weight--3 - 3 lbs. These are sea ge...

Length--14 in. Weight--1 lb. Stragglers migrate south ...

Length--20 in. Weight--2 lbs. A slim, brightly plumage...

Length--26 Weight--1 lbs. These ducks use all four fly...

Length--21 Weight--2 lbs. Gadwalls are most numerous in...

Least Viewed

Red-breasted Merganser
Length--23 in. Weight--2 lbs. These birds winter most ...

Eclipse Plumage
Most ducks shed their body feathers twice each year. Nearly...

Diving Ducks
Diving ducks frequent the larger, deeper lakes and rivers, ...

White-winged Scoter
Length--21 in. Weight--3 lbs. The three scoters on th...

What To Look For
Differences in size, shape, plumage patterns and colors, wi...

Length--19 Weight--1 lbs. Shovelers, 'spoonbills' to ...

Green-winged Teal
Length--15 in. Weight--14 oz. Quite hardy--some birds s...

Hooded Merganser
Length--18 in. Weight--1 lbs. Often seen in pairs, or ...

Black Scoter
Length--19 in. Weight--2 lbs. In flight, drakes appea...

Length--17 in. Weight--1 lbs. Glossy slate-blue plumag...

Diving Ducks

Diving ducks frequent the larger, deeper lakes and rivers, and coastal
bays and inlets.

The colored wing patches of these birds lack the brilliance of the
speculums of puddle ducks. Since many of them have short tails, their
huge, paddle feet may be used as rudders in flight, and are often
visible on flying birds. When launching into flight, most of this group
patter along the water before becoming airborne.

They feed by diving, often to considerable depths. To escape danger,
they can travel great distances underwater, emerging only enough to show
their head before submerging again.

Their diets of fish, shellfish, mollusks, and aquatic plants make them
second choice, as a group, for sportsmen. Canvasbacks and redheads
fattened on eel grass or wild celery are notable exceptions.

Since their wings are smaller in proportion to the size and weight of
their bodies, they have a more rapid wingbeat than puddle ducks.

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