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

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

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

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

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...

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

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

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


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Common Merganser
Length--25 in. Weight--2 lbs. This species is larger ...

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

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

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

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

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...

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...

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



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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