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American Black Duck Anas rubripes

This species is a large dabbling duck, somehow resembling the female Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) in coloration but having darker plumage. Males and females are similar in appearance. It is a native species of North America, usually found in coastal marshlands and freshwater habitats.



Common Names

EnglishAmerican Black Duck
FrenchCanard noir
SpanishÁnade sombrío


SpeciesAnas rubripes

How to Identify

The similarity with Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) makes it difficult to identify this species. A distinctive mark is the lack of a white line between the wing’s blue posterior part and the brown anterior part. It is also less common than Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) around Montreal.

American Black Duck (Anas rubripes) - Parc Île-de-la-Visitation - 2020-05-22
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes) - Parc Île-de-la-Visitation - 2020-05-14
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes) - Mont Saint Bruno - 2015-05-17

Where and When to Spot

The only time I was sure about the identification of this species was with the couple I observed in a pond in the National Park Mont Saint Bruno.

Parc Angrignon x - - -
Parc Île-de-la-Visitation x - - -

Where and when a species has been observed, identified, and recorded.


Last updated on 2024-03-14. Written and regularly updated by Karl-Heinz Müller, Dipl. Natw. ETH, Biology. With 10 years of experience in wildlife photography, Karl-Heinz shares first-hand, on-site collected observations, photos and videos from his frequent visits to parks in the Montreal area.