Guide to Ducks

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This page is about ducks and their different characteristics.

Mallard

The mallard duck is found all over North America, Europe and Russia so it is very likely that you have seen one at your local park. The drake (male) of the species can be identified by their green head and iridescent wing patch. Mallards are a puddle duck, which means that they have the ability to take-off and land on the spot instead of needing a runway to take-off. Ducklings of mallards are able to swim right after they hatch from their egg.

Wood Duck

The wood duck is found in North America and live in swamps and marshes. They make their nest inside of trees and old stumps and is where they get their name from. Many people make nesting boxes in marshes to give a home to these ducks as old tree stumps may be rare in their area. Wood ducks are usually found where beavers are as beavers create their habitat by using trees and leaving the trunk in the ground for their nest. When Wood Ducks hatch, they must make a dramatic jump from the nest in a tree to the water, where their new life will begin.

Mandarin Duck

The mandarin duck is a very close relative of the wood duck. The drake has an unmistakably look as seen in the photo. The hens (female) are a gray and white color and may not be as distinguishable as the drake. This duck is named the Mandarin Duck because it originated in China but is not found in many parts of the world. This duck eats small insects and fish as well as grains and acorns.

Bufflehead

The bufflehead is a diver duck, which means that it needs a large body of water in order to take off and land to act as a runway. This duck lives in open bodies of water for this reason. The photo is of a hen bufflehead as the drake looks similar but with a larger white patch on its head. Their plumage has attracted many birdwatchers in order to see the wonderful plumage what these ducks have to display. It is also known as one of the smallest ducks in the world.

Goldeneye

No, this is not the name of a James Bond movie. The Goldeneye gets its name from its yellow-colored eyes. They are sometimes known as a "Whistler" because they make a whistling noise when in flight as they beat their wings. They are like wood ducks and live inside trees near water. They are also like wood ducks and are considered diver ducks and near a "runway" of water in order to take-off and land.

Shoveler

The Shoveler is also known as a the "Spoony" because of its large beak. They are sometimes mistaken for a mallard at very large distances. They use their large bill to strain food from water and use it to their advantage. A hen mallard is pictured in this article and has a somewhat drab look compared to the drake.

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, Diver Duck, Ducks, Mallards, Nature, Puddle Duck

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author avatar Jerry Walch
31st May 2012 (#)

Congratulations on the "Star" page.

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author avatar EasyWriter
31st May 2012 (#)

Thank you for your well wishes Jerry.

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author avatar chrysolite
31st May 2012 (#)

Thank you, EasyWriter, for sharing this information. I really like ducks, maybe soon I will buy a pair again. I will keep the information on this star page in mind!

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author avatar Retired
31st May 2012 (#)

Absolutely beautiful. Ducks are gorgeous and I love the colours.

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author avatar EasyWriter
31st May 2012 (#)

Drakes are more colorful than hens but gorgeous nevertheless.

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author avatar Nazneen Sultana
7th Jun 2012 (#)

The Mandarin Duck is so cute... nice sharing. :)

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author avatar Nazneen Sultana
7th Jun 2012 (#)

The Mandarin Duck is so cute... nice sharing. :)

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author avatar EasyWriter
8th Jun 2012 (#)

Thank you Nazneen for your comment.

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author avatar Retired
5th Apr 2015 (#)

Thanks for sharing some facts about the ducks I often see. The mallard is the only one I knew by name.

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