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SHOWING RECORD: 7 of 47   Ring-Necked Duck
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Illustration from National Geographic's Field Guide to the Birds of North America
Ring-Necked Duck

Aythya collaris



First Noted by Expedition
March 28, 1806, at Fort Clatsop, Oregon.
 

Description
Male has black back and breast; purple-glossed, black-appearing angular head; pale gray flanks; vertical white mark on side of breast. Female brownish, paler around base of bill, with narrow white eye ring. Length: 14-18 in (36-46 cm).
 

Voice
Soft purring notes, but usually silent.
 

Habitat
Wooded lakes, ponds, and rivers; seldom on saltwater except in the southern states.
 

Range
Breeds from Alaska, Manitoba, and Newfoundland south to California, Arizona, Great Lakes, and Maine. Winters from Washington south along Pacific coast, east through Southwest and Gulf Coast states, and north to New England.
 

Note
This species might better be called the "ring-billed duck," for its chestnut neck ring is usually seen only at close range, while the white ring on the bill can be a prominent field mark.

Species information from enature.com
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