American Black Duck Anas rubripes
Aves > Anseriformes > Anatidae
Names in different Languages
|English||American Black Duck|
This species is a large dabbling duck somehow resembling the female Mallard in coloration but has a darker plumage. Male and female are similar in appearance. It is an endemic species of North-America, usually found in coastal marshlands and freshwaters.
How to Identify
The similarity with Mallard 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 around Montreal.
Where 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.
|2015-05-17||Mont Saint Bruno|