Types Of Ducks
Different Types of
Ducks - 5 Most Common Types In The United States
Ducks are a distinct group of waterfowl belonging
to the Anatidae family of birds. Like the other bird species included in this
family, such as geese and swans, the different
types of ducks are characterized
by their small plump bodies, short bills, and of course, their webbed feet.
Also, the males of the species are usually the ones with the more colorful
The most common different types of ducks in the United States are the following:
1. Dabbling Ducks
- these got their names from their feeding habits. They wade
or dabble in shallow water as they use their bills to skim for food. They are
normally seen with their heads bowed in the water poking around for nourishment
while their rear ends are sticking up. The United States Geological Survey (USGS)
has recorded ten different types of ducks which are of the native North American
dabbling duck species: the American Black Duck, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Northern
Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Mottled Duck, Wigeons, Wood Duck, Blue-winged Teal,
and the Northern Shovler.
2. Diving Ducks
- these likewise got their names from the way they feed. They
dive into the water to catch their food, be it plant or animal matter. The USGS
lists the Canvasback, the Greater and Lesser Scaup, Ring-necked, and the Redhead
as the species of diving ducks.
3. Sea Ducks
- despite the name, some species of sea ducks spend time in
freshwater rivers and lakes. There are fifteen different species which are
common in the United States. These are the Common Eider, King Eider, Spectacled
Eider, Steller's Eider, Black Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Surf Scoter, Barrow's
Goldeneye, Bufflehead, Long-tailed Duck, Common Merganser, Red-breasted
Merganser, Harlequin Duck, Common Goldeneye, and the Hooded Merganser.
4. Stiff-tailed Ducks
- as their name implies, these ducks swim with their tail
stiffly projected up in the air. There are only two species in the United
States: the Ruddy Ducks, which are commonly found in the freshwater ponds and
lakes on the West Coast; and the Masked Duck, which is a resident of warmer
places such as Texas and Florida.
5. Whistling Ducks
- while different types of ducks are commonly associated with
quacking, this species is known to vocalize through whistling. Like the
Stiff-tailed Ducks, there are only two species in the United States: the
Black-Bellied Duck, which is normally found along the southern coast of Texas;
and the Fulvous Whistling Duck, which normally resides along the southern states
from California to Florida.
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