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American Black Duck Anas rubripes

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.


Aves > Anseriformes > Anatidae

Names in different Languages

EnglishAmerican Black Duck
FrenchCanard noir
SpanishÁnade sombrío

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.

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Number of times a species has been observed, identified, and recorded. A species is reported only once per visit to a park.

Photos of American Black Duck

Videos of American Black Duck

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Last updated on 2023-06-28. 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.