American Black Duck

(Anas rubripes)

Conservation Status

 

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  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

     
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N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

SNRB - Unranked Breeding and Nonbreeding

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
 
Description
 
 

The patch of colorful feathers on the wing (speculum) is purple and is not bordered with white.

 
     
 

Size

 
 

20 to 24 in length

35 wingspan

 
     
 

Voice

 
   
     
 

Similar Species

 
     
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Lakes, wetlands, rivers, agricultural areas

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Migration

 
 

March to April and October to November

 
     
 

Nesting

 
 

 

 
     
 

Food

 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Occurrence

 
 

Uncommon migrant, rare and declining breeder

 
         
 

Maps

 
 

The Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union All Seasons Species Occurrence Map

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Class Aves (birds)  
 

Order

Anseriformes (ducks, geese, swans, and relatives)  
 

Family

Anatidae (ducks, geese, and swans)  
  Subfamily Anatinae (dabbling ducks)  
 

Genus

Anas (mallards, pintails, and allies)  
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

 

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

Speculum

A brightly colored patch of secondary flight feathers on the wings of many ducks.

 

 

 

 
 
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American Black Duck
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Other Videos
 
  Anas rubripes, Sydney,Nova Scotia, CA,12 9 2013, Antonio Silveira
Antonio Silveira
 
   
 
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Published on Sep 24, 2013

No description available.

 
  American Black Ducks Swimming On A Cloudy Fall Morning
79mattdavis
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Oct 10, 2011

Two American black ducks(Anas rubripes) swimming on a cloudy fall morning in October.

 
  The American Black Duck
HinterlandWW
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Mar 23, 2010

The sooty-brown American Black Duck (Anas rubripes) is a common sight in ponds and marshes in eastern Canada. It is the only common duck in eastern North America in which the sexes are almost identical in appearance. Male and female American Black Ducks resemble the female Mallard in size and appearance. Their brown bodies are darker than the Mallards, however, and lack the Mallards whitish outer tail-feathers and prominent white wing bars. The American Black Ducks head and neck are a lighter brown than its torso, and there is a beautiful purplish-blue patch, or speculum, on the wing. In flight, the American Black Duck is identifiable by the flash of its white underwings.

 
  American Black Ducks Preening & Swimming On A Sunday Morning
79mattdavis
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Aug 7, 2011

These American black ducks(Anas rubripes) were swimming and preening on a sunday morning.

 
  American Black Duck Resting On A Rock
79mattdavis
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Oct 2, 2011

An American black duck(Anas rubripes) resting on a rock on a chilly October afternoon.

 
       

 

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