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.

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 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.


Photos of this species with information about where, when the photo has been taken; camera, lens used and camera settings.

  • Parc Île de la Visitation

    Thursday, May 14, 2020

    NIKON Z 6
    300mm f/4

    Focal Length 300mm
    Shutter Speed 1/800s
    Aperture f5.6
    ISO 200

  • Mont Saint-Bruno

    Sunday, May 17, 2015

    NIKON D7100
    70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6

    Focal Length 300mm
    Shutter Speed 1/640s
    Aperture f5.6
    ISO 450


Anas rubripes