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Ducks at a Distance - A Waterfowl Identification Guide
  by Bob Hines, Department of the Interior, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Identification is Important

Identifying waterfowl gives many hours of enjoyment to millions of people. This guide will help you recognize birds on the wing - it emphasizes their fall and winter plumage patterns as well as size, shape, and flight characteristics. It does not include local names.Recognizing the species of ducks and geese can be rewarding to birdwatchers and hunters - and the ducks.

Hunters can contribute to their own sport by not firing at those species that are either protected or scarce, and needed as breeders to restore the flocks. It can add to their daily limit; when extra birds of certain species can be taken legally, hunters who know their ducks on the wing come out ahead. Knowing a mallard from a merganser has another side: gourmets prefer a corn-fed mallard to the fish duck.

This edition of Ducks at a Distance is a cooperative effort by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Southwest Natural and Cultural Heritage Association. Published by Southwest Natural and Cultural Heritage Association, Drawer E, Albuquerque, NM 87103.


Dedication to Robert W. Hines

What to Look For
Eclipse Plumage

Puddle Ducks
American Wigeon
Blue-winged Teal
Cinnamon Teal
Green-winged Teal
Wood Duck
Black Duck

Diving Ducks, Geese and Swans
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Ruddy Duck
Red-Breasted Merganser
Common Merganser
Hooded Merganser
Whistling Ducks
Common Eider
Canada Geese
Snow Geese
White-fronted Geese

Comparative Sizes of Some Water Birds
Wetlands Attract Wildlife
Administrative Waterfowl Flyways

This resource is based on the following source:

Hines, Robert W. No Date. Ducks at a distance: A waterfowl identification guide. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Southwest Natural and Cultural Heritage Association, Albuquerque, NM. 51pp.

This resource should be cited as:

Hines, Robert W. No Date. Ducks at a distance: A waterfowl identification guide. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Southwest Natural and Cultural Heritage Association, Albuquerque, NM. Jamestown, ND: Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center Home Page. (Version 04NOV97).


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