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Most ViewedCinnamon 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 are typically birds of fresh, shallow marshes ...
Length--17 in. Weight--2½ lbs. Similar in appearance to...
Common--Length--19 in. Weight--2¼ lbs. Barrow's...
Length--24-25 in. Weight--3¼ - 3¾ lbs. These are sea ge...
Length--14½ in. Weight--1 lb. Stragglers migrate south ...
Length--20½ in. Weight--2 lbs. A slim, brightly plumage...
Length--26 Weight--1¾ lbs. These ducks use all four fly...
Trumpeter--Length--59 in. Weight--28 lbs. Wh...
Least ViewedEclipse Plumage
Most ducks shed their body feathers twice each year. Nearly...
Length--19½ in. Weight--2½ lbs. In flight, drakes appea...
Length--21 Weight--1¾ lbs. These are nervous birds, qui...
Length--18-19 in. Weight--1¾ lbs. The trailing legs and...
Length--17 in. Weight--1½ lbs. Glossy slate-blue plumag...
Numerous and popular, Canada geese are often called honkers...
Length--16 Weight--15 oz. Their small size and twisting...
Length--18½ in. Weight--1½ lbs. Found in all flyways; m...
Length--20 in. Weight--2½ lbs. Range coast to coast, wi...
Length--25½ in. Weight--2½ lbs. This species is larger ...
What To Look For
Differences in size, shape, plumage patterns and colors, wing beat,
flocking behavior, voice, and habitat--all help to distinguish one
species from another.
Flock maneuvers in the air are clues. Mallards, pintails, and wigeon
form loose groups; teal and shovelers flash by in small, compact
bunches; at a distance, canvasbacks shift from waving lines to temporary
Closer up, individual silhouettes are important. Variations of head
shapes and sizes, lengths of wings and tails, and fat bodies or slim can
Within shotgun range, color areas can be important. Light conditions
might make them look different, but their size and location are positive
keys. The sound of their wings can help as much as their calls. Flying
goldeneyes make a whistling sound; wood ducks move with a swish;
canvasbacks make a steady rushing sound. Not all ducks quack; many
whistle, squeal, or grunt.
Although not a hard and fast rule, different species tend to use
different types of habitat. Puddle ducks like shallow marshes and creeks
while divers prefer larger, deeper, and more open waters.
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