Duck eclipse plumage identification

This page contains photos of male ducks which have an eclipse plumage in the Summer. The eclipse plumage is much duller than the breeding plumage and often the male will resemble the female duck. Each species of duck listed below will show three photos including the male in breeding plumage, female, and male in eclipse plumage for comparison.

Click on the Duck photographs to enlarge them or if you click on the Duck's name then it will take you to another page with information, more photos, and sometimes a video of that particular Duck.


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Duck species Male (Breeding plumage) Female Male (Eclipse plumage)
American Wigeon
(Anas Americana)


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American Wigeon

(Breeding plumage)
Photo: Dave Key
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American Wigeon

(Female)
Photo: Dave Key
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American Wigeon

(Eclipse plumage)
Photo: Dave Key
American Wood Duck
(Aix Sponsa)


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American Wood Duck

(Breeding plumage)
Photo: Dave Key
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American Wood Duck

(Female)
Photo: Dave Key
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American Wood Duck

(Eclipse plumage)
Photo: Dave Key
Australian Shoveler
(Anas Rhynchotis)


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Australian Shoveler

(Breeding plumage)
Photo: Dave Key
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Australian Shoveler

(Female)
Photo: Nigel Key
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Australian Shoveler

(Eclipse plumage)
Photo: Dave Key
Baer's Pochard
(Aythya Baeri)


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Baer's Pochard

(Breeding plumage)
Photo: Dave Key
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Baer's Pochard

(Female)
Photo: Dave Key
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Baer's Pochard

(Eclipse plumage)
Photo: Dave Key
Canvasback
(Aythya Valisineria)


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Canvasback

(Breeding plumage)
Photo: Dave Key
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Canvasback

(Female)
Photo: Dave Key
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Canvasback

(Eclipse plumage)
Photo: Dave Key
Cinnamon Teal
(Anas Cyanoptera)


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Cinnamon Teal

(Breeding plumage)
Photo: Dave Key
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Cinnamon Teal

(Female)
Photo: Dave Key
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Cinnamon Teal

(Eclipse plumage)
Photo: Dave Key
Common Eider
(Somateria Mollissima)


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Common Eider

(Breeding plumage)
Photo: Dave Key
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Common Eider

(Female)
Photo: Dave Key
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Common Eider

(Eclipse plumage)
Photo: Dave Key
Eurasian Teal
(Anas Crecca)


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Eurasian Teal

(Breeding plumage)
Photo: Dave Key
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Eurasian Teal

(Female)
Photo: Dave Key
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Eurasian Teal

(Eclipse plumage)
Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Eurasian Wigeon
(Anas Penelope)


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Eurasian Wigeon

(Breeding plumage)
Photo: Dave Key
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Eurasian Wigeon

(Female)
Photo: Dave Key
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Eurasian Wigeon

(Eclipse plumage)
Photo: Dave Key
Falcated Duck
(Anas Falcata)


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Falcated Duck

(Breeding plumage)
Photo: Dave Key
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Falcated Duck

(Female)
Photo: Dave Key
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Falcated Duck

(Eclipse plumage)
Photo: Dave Key
Common Goldeneye
(Bucephala Clangula)


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Common Goldeneye

(Breeding plumage)
Photo: Dave Key
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Common Goldeneye

(Female)
Photo: Dave Key
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Common Goldeneye

(Eclipse plumage)
Photo: Dave Key
Hooded Merganser
(Lophodytes Cucullatus)


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Hooded Merganser

(Breeding plumage)
Photo: Dave Key
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Hooded Merganser

(Female)
Photo: Nigel Key
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Hooded Merganser

(Eclipse plumage)
Photo: Dave Key
Lesser Scaup
(Aythya Affinis)


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Lesser Scaup

(Breeding plumage)
Photo: Dave Key
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Lesser Scaup

(Female)
Photo: Dave Key
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Lesser Scaup

(Eclipse plumage)
Photo: Dave Key
Maccoa Duck
(Oxyura Maccoa)


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Maccoa Duck

(Breeding plumage)
Photo: Nigel Key
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Maccoa Duck

(Female)
Photo: Dave Key
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Maccoa Duck

(Eclipse plumage)
Photo: Dave Key
Mallard
(Anas Platyrhynchos)


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Mallard

(Breeding plumage)
Photo: Dave Key
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Mallard

(Female)
Photo: Dave Key
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Mallard

(Eclipse plumage)
Photo: Dave Key
Mandarin
(Aix Galericulata)


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Mandarin

(Breeding plumage)
Photo: Dave Key
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Mandarin

(Female)
Photo: Dave Key
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Mandarin

(Eclipse plumage)
Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Northern Shoveler
(Anas Clypeata)


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Northern Shoveler

(Breeding plumage)
Photo: Dave Key
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Northern Shoveler

(Female)
Photo: Dave Key
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Northern Shoveler

(Eclipse plumage)
Photo: Dave Key
Northern Pintail
(Anas Acuta)


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Northern Pintail

(Breeding plumage)
Photo: Dave Key
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Northern Pintail

(Female)
Photo: Dave Key
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Northern Pintail

(Eclipse plumage)
Photo: Dave Key
Common Pochard
(Aythya Ferina)


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Common Pochard

(Breeding plumage)
Photo: Nigel Key
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Common Pochard

(Aythya Ferina)
Photo: Wikimedia Commons
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Common Pochard

(Eclipse plumage)
Photo: Dave Key
Red-crested Pochard
(Netta Rufina)


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Red-crested Pochard

(Breeding plumage)
Photo: Dave Key
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Red-crested Pochard

(Female)
Photo: Dave Key
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Red-crested Pochard

(Eclipse plumage)
Photo: Dave Key
Redhead
(Aythya Americana)


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Redhead

(Breeding plumage)
Photo: Nigel Key
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Redhead

(Female)
Photo: Dave Key
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Redhead

(Eclipse plumage)
Photo: Dave Key


More eclipse ducks will be added to this page at a later date.