Anatidae – Ducks, Geese & Swans

Aythya Marila – Greater Scaup

Greater scaup, Aythya Marila, colloquially referred to as “bluebill” in North America, is a medium-sized diving duck, slightly larger than the closely related lesser scaup. They begin breeding at the age of two but begin nest construction in the first year. The drakes’ courtship is intricate, beginning with the return migration to the summer mating […]

Aythya Collaris – Ring-Necked Duck

The ring-necked duck (Aythya collaris) is a diving duck found in freshwater ponds and lakes throughout North America. The scientific name is derived from the Greek aithuia, a species of unnamed seabird reported by Hesychius and Aristotle, and the Latin collaris, “of the neck,” from collum, “neck.” Quick Overview: Aythya Collaris – Ring-Necked DuckBody size: […]

Aythya Americana – Redhead

The redhead (Aythya americana) is a diving duck of modest size. The scientific name is derived from the Greek aithuia, which refers to an unidentified seabird reported by Hesychius and Aristotle, and Latin americana, which refers to America. It is classified as a member of the genus Aythya, along with 11 other recognized species. The […]

Aythya Alisineria – Canvasback

Canvasback (Aythya valisineria) is a diving duck species that is the largest in North America. Its name comes from the pale gray back and white sides that are finely dotted and lined in a wavelike pattern reminiscent of canvas fabric. Quick Overview: Aythya Alisineria – CanvasbackBody size: Around 19-24 in (48-61 cm) and a weight […]

Anas Crecca – Green-Winged Teal

The Green-winged teal, Anas crecca, often known as the common teal or Eurasian green-winged teal, is a widespread and common duck that nests in temperate Europe and migrates south during the winter. Due to the fact that it is the only one of these little dabbling ducks in a large portion of its territory, the […]

Anas Acuta – Northern Pintail

The pintail or northern pintail (Anas acuta) is a duck species that breed over northern Europe, the Palearctic, and North America. It is a migratory species that spend the winter south of its breeding region, close to the equator. Unusually for a bird with such a broad range, it lacks geographical subspecies if the presumably […]

Anas Rubripes – American Black Duck

American black duck (Anas rubripes) is a big dabbling duck belonging to the Anatidae family. It was first described in 1902 by William Brewster. It frequently and extensively interbreeds with the mallard, to which it is closely related. The female lays six to fourteen oval eggs with smooth shells that range in color from white […]

Anas Platyrhynchos – Mallard

The mallard or wild duck (Anas platyrhynchos) is a dabbling duck found in temperate and subtropical Americas, Eurasia, and North Africa. This duck is a member of the waterfowl subfamily Anatinae of the family Anatidae. This species is the direct ancestor of the majority of domestic duck breeds. Quick Overview: Anas Platyrhynchos – MallardBody size: […]

Mareca Americana – American Wigeon

The American wigeon, Mareca americana, sometimes known as the baldpate, is a North American species of dabbling duck. Formerly classified as Anas, this species is now classified with the other wigeons in the genus Mareca, a dabbling duck. It is the American equivalent of the Eurasian wigeon. Mareca is derived from the Brazilian-Portuguese word Marréco, […]

Mareca Penelope – Eurasian Wigeon

The Eurasian wigeon, also known as the European wigeon, or wigeon (Mareca penelope), is one of three species of wigeon in the dabbling duck genus Mareca. It is ubiquitous and frequent across its Palearctic region. Quick Overview: Mareca Penelope – Eurasian WigeonBody size: Around 18-20 in (46-51 cm) and a weight of 1000 g (35.27 […]

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