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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 ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

Swans
Trumpeter--Length--59 in. Weight--28 lbs. Wh...


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

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...

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

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

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

Whistling Ducks
Length--18-19 in. Weight--1 lbs. The trailing legs and...

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



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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