Guide to Ducks II

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A guide to ducks and their characteristics and habitat.

Guide to Ducks II

After my previous article on ducks, I have decided to make a follow-up page on some of the ducks that I have missed commenting on and will hopefully give a more comprehensive guide to these majestic animals.

Greater Scaup

These ducks live in Alaska and Northern Russia and enjoy eating plants and animals by water. They also seen on the coastlines of North America. They must escape skunks, foxes and raccoons as these are the natural predators of the Greater Scaup. The mating process is very elaborate for the Greater Scaup as these ducks mate for life.

Northern Pintail

This duck lives in many parts of North America and Europe depending on the season. This duck is named Pintail because of its large black tail feathers that the drake has. Pintails have larger wings than normal for their size, which makes them excellent fliers. Pintails can also be recognized by their brown head and white breast. Ducklings of the pintail grow up in one year.

Harlequin Duck

This is a duck that is very hard to miss. Its many colors make this duck second to none. The Harlequin Duck lives by large bodies of water and needs a "runway" when taking off or landing so large bodies of water are necessary. These birds spend most of their time underwater swimming in cold ocean water. This is possible because of their densely packed feather that allow them to do this.

Canvasback

Canvasbacks are identifiable by their red head, black breast and white body. They lay about 7-10 eggs when nesting. They enjoy feeding on tubers and plant life around water. The bill and head on the Canvasback have a sloping feature and make the bill and head look like a wedge while it is curved on most ducks. The Canvasback should not be confused with a redhead and this tip should help you identify them.

Black Duck

The black duck looks similar to the mallard but can be distinguished by their darker appearance and darker looking wings. The mallard and black duck are so similar that there are hybrid varieties of these ducks as mallards breed with black ducks and mallards move into black duck habitats. They are common in North America and can be most likely be seen in your local park with mallards.

Guide Series

Please read my other pages the are part of the guide series.

Guide to Large Airplanes
Guide to Cars
Guide to Ducks
Guide to Ducks II
Guide to Lighters in Emergency Situations
Guide to Shopping Carts
Guide to Forex Trading
Guide to Chess

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Bird, Canvasback, Duck, Ducks, Nature, Outdoors, Pintail, Scaup

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
1st Jun 2012 (#)

Great information on Ducks, in the past I have kept Call Ducks as pets, they look like Mallards but also have other colors too.

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author avatar EasyWriter
1st Jun 2012 (#)

I have seen pure white call ducks with orange bill and feet but I have heard there are other colors too. Many keep Muscovy ducks because they are "quackless" and do not keep them up at night!

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