British Ducks

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Below are a list of British Ducks that are resident breeders, and winter visitors to the UK.
The Greater Scaup is the rarest breeding duck in the UK.
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Common Shelduck

(Tadorna Tadorna)
Photo: Dave Key
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Eurasian Wigeon

(Anas Penelope)
Photo: Dave Key
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Gadwall

(Anas Strepera)
Photo: Dave Key
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Eurasian Teal

(Anas Crecca)
Photo: Dave Key
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Mallard

(Anas Platyrhynchos)
Photo: Dave Key
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Northern Pintail

(Anas Laysanensis)
Photo: Dave Key
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Northern Shoveler

(Anas Clypeata)
Photo: Dave Key
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Common Pochard

(Aythya Ferina)
Photo: Nigel Key
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Tufted Duck

(Aythya Fuligula)
Photo: Dave Key
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Common Eider

(Somateria Mollissima)
Photo: Dave Key
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Common Scoter

(Melanitta Nigra)
photo by Neill Smith
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Common Goldeneye

(Bucephala Clangula)
Photo: Dave Key
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Common Merganser

(Mergus Merganser)
Photo: Nigel Key
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Red-breasted Merganser

(Mergus Serrator)
photo by Neill Smith
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Greater Scaup

(Aythya Marila)
photo by Dave Key

The Garganey is a Summer breeding visitor and the Long-tailed Duck is an occasional breeding duck.

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Garganey

(Anas Querquedula)
Photo: Dave Key
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Long-tailed Duck

(Clangula Hyemalis)
photo by Neill Smith

The Velvet Scoter and the Smew are winter visitors but do not breed in the UK.
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Velvet Scoter

(Melanitta Fusca)
photo by Neill Smith
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Smew

(Mergellus Albellus)
Photo: Dave Key

The Mandarin and the Ruddy Duck have been introduced into the UK. The Ruddy Duck was brought to the UK from North America in the 1940s to enhance wildfowl collections but escapees quickly established themselves in Great Britain and spread widely across Europe. Ruddy Ducks will interbreed with the endangered White-headed Duck of southern Europe which has caused concern and resulted in a cull of this duck.

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Mandarin

(Aix Galericulata)
Photo: Dave Key
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Ruddy Duck

(Oxyura Jamaicensis)
Photo: Dave Key

Because of the position of Britain it receives a number of vagrant ducks from Asia and North America. These ducks are not resident to the UK but can occasionally be seen:

American Wigeon, Green-winged Teal, American Black Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Baikal Teal, Red-crested Pochard, Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Ferruginous Duck, Lesser Scaup, King Eider, Steller's Eider, Harlequin Duck, Black Scoter, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Bufflehead, Barrow's Goldeneye, and Hooded Merganser.





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