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Wood Duck
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)
In the breeding season, the male Wood Duck has iridescent green and purple head with long drooping green crest. There is a thin white line from the bill, over the eye, to the back of the crest. The throat and chin is... Read more >
Northern Pintail
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)
The Northern Pintail is a medium-sized duck with a long thin neck and pointed tail. The male has a dark reddish brown head, white neck and underside, thin white stripe on the neck. The sides and back are gray. The lower... Read more >

American Wigeon
American Wigeon (Anas americana)
The male has pinkish brown body with white or cream forehead and dark-green patch from behind the eye to the neck. The bill is blue gray with black tip. The cheeks and chin are gray. there is a white patch on the upper... Read more >
Northern Shoveler
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
In the breeding season, the Northern Shoveler has dark glossy green head, black back, white chest and black bill. The sides and belly are chestnut-brown. Eyes are yellow. Outside the breeding season the head and breast... Read more >
Green-winged Teal
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca)
The Green-winged Teal is a small duck with iridescent green patches on the wings, with white stripe on the shoulder in front of the wing. The male has a reddish head with broad green crescent shaped stripe on the face... Read more >
Cinnamon Teal
Cinnamon Teal (Anas cyanoptera)
In the breeding season, the male Cinnamon Teal has bright cinnamon head and body. The rump and tail are dark. There is a light blue patch on the upper wing, The eyes are red. Outside the breeding season the male is gray... Read more >
Blue-winged Teal
Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors)
During the breeding season, the male Blue-winged Teal has blue-gray head with large white crescent between eye and bill. The body is cinnamon-brown with fine black markings. The upper wing has a large light blue patch... Read more >
Eurasian Wigeon
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
The Eurasian Wigeon is a medium-sized duck. The male has a dark reddish brown head with buff colored crown. The sides are gray with large white patch on the wings. The belly is white. The bill is blue with black nail... Read more >
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
The male Mallard duck is brown gray with green head and narrow white neck ring. The breast chestnut-brown, and underside is light gray. The rump is black, and tail is black with white outer feathers. The bill is yellow... Read more >
Gadwall (Anas strepera)
The breeding male Gadwall is mottled gray with black rump and rectangular white wing patch. The female is brown with white and buff streaks, similar to a female Mallard. The non-breeding male is similar to the female.... Read more >
Lesser Scaup
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)
In the breeding season Lesser Scaup males have black head neck, breast and front part of the back. The rest of the back is white with fine black barring. The rump is black and the sides and belly are white Non breeding... Read more >
Redhead (Aythya americana)
The male Redhead duck has reddish brown head and orange yellow eyes. The back and sides are gray, the chest and tail are black, the belly is a off white. The wings are gray with white flecks. The feet are blue gray. The... Read more >
Ring-necked Duck
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)
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... Read more >
Tufted Duck
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
The adult male Tufted Duck is all black with white sides and a blue gray bill, and a tuft on the head. The eye is bright yellow. The female is brown with paler brown sides. Tufted ducks are diving ducks, and search for... Read more >
Greater Scaup
Greater Scaup (Aythya marila)
In breeding plumage, the male Greater Scaup has a black head, neck, upper back, and breast. The head has a green iridescent sheen. The back is white or pale gray with thin wavy black lines. The rump and under the is... Read more >
Canvasback (Aythya valisineria)
The mal Canvasback duck has reddish head, black chest and white body. It is similar in appearance to the Redhead duck, but the Canvasback has whiter body. The female is duller with sandy brown head and gray body.... Read more >
Brant (Branta bernicla)
The Brant is a small goose with black head, neck and chest, and an incomplete white neck collar. The back is dark gray brown, and rump and tail is white. Birds from the Atlantic coast have light gray bellies, and birds... Read more >
Canada Goose
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)
The Canada Goose is a large goose with a black head and long black neck with broad white chinstrap. The back is brown and breast is pale tan or cream. It has white rump and black tail. The legs and bill black. Males and... Read more >
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)
The Bufflehead is a black and white diving duck with a gray bill and white patch on side of head. The male has a black back and head, white sides and large white patch on head. In the breeding season the male has... Read more >
Common Goldeneye
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)
The Common Goldeneye is a diving duck with large head and stocky body. In the breeding season, the male has a greenish-black head with a white patch on the side of the face at base of the bill. The back, wings and tail... Read more >
Barrow's Goldeneye
Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica)
In the breeding season the male has a black head with purple sheen. There is a white crescent-shaped patch on side of face near the base of the bill. The wings, back and tail are black. The sides and underside are... Read more >
Snow Goose
Snow Goose (Chen caerulescens)
The Snow Goose has two color phases. The white or "snow" phase is white with black wing tips, red legs and feet, pink bill, and black patch around the base of the bill like a smile. The "blue" phase has blue gray body... Read more >
Ross's Goose
Ross's Goose (Chen rossii)
Ross's Goose is a small goose. It is white with black wing primary feathers. It has a round head with dark eyes and a short triangular pink bill. There is a gray line through eye and a green warty patch at the base of... Read more >
Trumpeter Swan
Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)
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Mute Swan
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
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Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis)
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Harlequin Duck
Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus)
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Hooded Merganser
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)
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Surf Scoter
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)
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Common Merganser
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)
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Red-breasted Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)
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Ruddy Duck
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)
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