Found throughout Eurasia and North America except in the southern states. It is one of the most widely distributed North American duck.
Marshes and ponds. Freshwater lakes.
"The greyhounds of waterfowl", slender, swift, graceful fliers. Males head is brown, neck has white stripe, rest of body mainly gray. Long, thin black feathers in center of tail. Female is a pale gray-brown.
Tips up in shallow ponds to forage for food. Does not need to "run on the water" to gain flight as it\\\\\\\'s wings are larger in proportion to its weight it can leap into the air and gain immediate flight.
Nest is a down-lined hollow of plant material. Lays 6 - 12 cream colored eggs with incubation lasting about 26 days. Only the female sits on the nest. Breeds from Alaska to Hudson Bay and into Southern California in the west. Male follows mate to wherever she goes to nest regardless of where he was born so there is a constant good intermix for the species.
|Length:||Females: 20-22 inches; Males: 25-29 inches|
|Wild Diet:||Seeds, snails, insects, crustaceans and small fish.|
|Predators:||Considered one of the better \\\\\\\"game birds\\\\\\\" by man.|
|USFWS Status:||Not Listed|
|CITES Status:||Not Listed|
|Where at the Zoo?||Discovery Land: Duck Pond|