Monday, April 15, 2013

Ring-necked Duck

Perhaps more aptly named Ring-billed Duck, this species does sport a brown neck ring between its dark head and breast. Ring-necked Ducks beed across central Canada and in the United States in the upper Midwest and in isolated areas through the Rocky Mountains. Although seasonally monogamous, only the female provides parental care (Roy et al. 2012).

They winter across the southern United States, Mexico, and the West Indies. In winter, they consume plants. Although vulnerable to hunting, their populations are stable or increasing (Roy et al. 2012). This spring, I found this male on the Potomac River just north of Great Falls National Park. I previously posted photos of a Ring-necked Duck pair from Minnesota.

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