American Black Duck

(Anas rubripes)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

 

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N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

SNRB - Unranked Breeding and Nonbreeding

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Uncommon migrant, rare and declining breeder

Habitat

Lakes, wetlands, rivers, agricultural areas

Size

20 to 24 in length

35 wingspan

 
Identification

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

 
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Migration

March to April and October to November

 
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Taxonomy

Order:

Anseriformes (ducks, geese, swans, and relatives)

 

Family:

Anatidae (ducks, geese, and swans)

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

Speculum

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

 

 

 

       
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  Anas rubripes, Sydney,Nova Scotia, CA,12 9 2013, Antonio Silveira
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  American Black Ducks Swimming On A Cloudy Fall Morning
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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
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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
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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
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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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