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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...

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

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

Least Viewed

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

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

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

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

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

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

Surf Scoter
Length--19 in. Weight--2 lbs. Like all scoters, these ...

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

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

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

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