Wood Duck

Wood Duck

If there’s ever a beauty contest for ducks, the real competition will be for second place. With his variety of striking colors and bold markings, a wood duck drake will take the prize, hands-down...

American Wigeon

Widgeon - American Baldpate Whistle and Northern Pintail Whistle

Unlike many other ducks, widgeon do not pair off until they’ve reached their breeding grounds, and the drakes are particularly belligerent about defending their territories against intrusion by...

Ring-Necked Duck

Ring-Necked Duck

Every species has its niche. Find a dabbling duck on a woodland pond or stream and it’s likely to be a wood duck. Find a diver in much the same habitat and you’ve probably found a ring-necked duck...

Redhead

Redhead

We call them bay ducks, the five North American species grouped together in the genus Aythya are the canvasback, ring-necked duck, greater and lesser scaup, and redhead. They share a fondness for...

Northern Shoveler

Northern Shoveler

The one thing about a shoveler you simply cannot overlook is its bill. Disproportionately long, flattened, wider at the tip than at the base, this bird’s enormous schnoz is its signature. It’s not...

Northern Pintail

Northern Pintail

The pintail is probably the most graceful and elegant of them all. A lot of old duck hunters call him “bull sprigs, spike-tails, or even pheasant-ducks,” all derived from his long spiky tail...

Mallard

Mallard

In our hemisphere, mallards live from Alaska to the northern coast of South America, from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and are common in all four flyways. The mallard is the quintessential duck of...

Lesser Scaup

Lesser Scaup

With an incubation time of about twenty-five days, a fifty-day fledging period for the young ones, and an annual molt for the adults, lesser scaup are still on the summering grounds after most...

Green-Winged Teal

Green-Winged Teal

Green-wings are the smallest of North American teal. Drakes average only eleven ounces and hens just over ten. This proves again that beauty often comes in small packages. This variety is not only...

Gadwall

Gadwall

Gadwalls are dabbling ducks, which means their legs are located roughly in the center of their bodies and they feed mostly on the surface of shallow water. They are also a very sociable duck....

Cinnamon Teal

Cinnamon Teal

The blue-winged teal is known to science as Anas discors. This translates as “discordant duck.” The cinnamon teal is called Anas cyanoptera, which means “blue-winged duck.” Go Figure. That being...

Canvasback

The oldest known American duck decoy was fashioned from reeds by and Indian hunter centuries ago, and mimics the distinctive profile of a canvasback. The canvasback is America incarnate. From the...

Canada Goose

Canada Goose

Canada geese, regardless of race, are among the most adaptable of all waterfowl. They are grazers, grass and seed eaters of great appetite. At an average of about three pounds and not much larger...

Blue-Winged Teal

Blue-Winged Teal

About ninety-five percent of North American blue-wings winter south of the United States, and some travel remarkable distances. One that was banded in Saskatchewan was shot four months later...

American Black Duck

American Black Duck

Ducks don’t have much sense of smell, but a black duck’s hearing is very acute, and it only takes a faint unfamiliar noise to spook them.

In flight, and even in hand, blacks are often...