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 Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)




Ring-necked Duck | Aythya collaris photo
Ring-Necked Duck (Male), Santee Lakes Recreational Preserve, Near San Diego, California

Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Ring-necked Duck | Aythya collaris photo
Ring-Necked Duck (Female), Santee Lakes Recreational Preserve, Near San Diego, California

Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

RING-NECKED DUCK FACTS

Description
The Ring-necked Duck is a large streamlined duck. The male has a black head, neck and breast, with gray sides. There is a white crescent-shaped marking on either side of the breast. The bill has a black tip and pale gray band at the base and another gray band next to the black tip. The male is bolder black and white color in breeding season. The female has a brown back, tan sides, white belly and much less prominent gray bill markings. Immature birds are similar to adult females.

Size
48cm - 56 cm

Environment
marshes, swamps, bogs, ocean bays

Food
Seeds, buds, leaves, tubers, roots, snails, insect larvae.

Breeding
The Ring-necked Duck builds its nest on floating islands or in open marshes. Lays eight or nine eggs (range 6 to 14) greenish white eggs which hatch after 26 to 27 days.

Range
Breeds from Alaska to the Northwest Territories of Canada, south to Nevada and Minnesota. Winters across coastal and southern United States.

Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Anseriformes
Family:Anatidae
Genus:Aythya
Species:collaris
Common Name:Ring-necked Duck


Relatives in same Genus
  Lesser Scaup (A. affinis)
  Redhead (A. americana)
  Tufted Duck (A. fuligula)
  Greater Scaup (A. marila)
  Canvasback (A. valisineria)