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

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

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

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

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

Mallard
Length--24 Weight--2 lbs. The mallard is our most comm...

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

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

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

Scaup
Greater--Length--18 in. Weight--2 lbs. Lesser...


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

Canada Geese
Numerous and popular, Canada geese are often called honkers...

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

Wigeon
Length--21 Weight--1 lbs. These are nervous birds, qui...

Blue-winged Teal
Length--16 Weight--15 oz. Their small size and twisting...

Wood Duck
Length--18 in. Weight--1 lbs. Found in all flyways; m...

Black Duck
Length--24 in. Weight--2 lbs. A bird of the eastern St...

Redheads
Length--20 in. Weight--2 lbs. Range coast to coast, wi...

Ruddy
Length--15 in. Weight--1-1/3 lbs. The ruddy duck often...

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



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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