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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 ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Common Eider
Length--23 in. Weight--5 lbs. Thick-necked stocky bird...


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Snow Geese
Length--29-31 in. Weight--6-7 lbs. Two races of snow ...

Identification Is Important
Identifying waterfowl gives many hours of enjoyment to mill...

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



Eclipse Plumage








Most ducks shed their body feathers twice each year. Nearly all drakes
lose their bright plumage after mating, and for a few weeks resemble
females. This hen-like appearance is called the eclipse plumage. The
return to breeding coloration varies in species and individuals of each
species. Blue-winged teal and shovelers may retain the eclipse plumage
until well into the winter.

Wing feathers are shed only once a year; wing colors are always the
same.





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