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American Black Duck Anas rubripes

American Black Duck Anas rubripes

Aves > Anseriformes > Anatidae

Names in different Languages

EnglishAmerican Black Duck
FrenchCanard noir
SpanishÁnade sombrío


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.




2022-05-21Parc Île-de-la-Visitation
2021-05-19Parc Angrignon
2020-05-22Parc Île-de-la-Visitation
2020-05-14Parc Île-de-la-Visitation
2015-05-17Mont Saint Bruno