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Dabbling Duck Identification

Dabbling Duck photos

Dabbling Ducks (sub-family - Anatinae) consist of fifty to sixty species of duck which include Gadwall, Garganey, Mallard, Pintails, Shovelers, Teal, and Wigeon as well as many other ducks.

These ducks get their name because they feed in shallow water by dabbling or upending on the surface of the water as opposed to diving underwater for their food. Their legs are placed further forward on their body, compared to a diving duck, so they can comfortably walk and sometimes feed on land.

Mallard, Pintail, Teal, and Wigeon are mainly vegetarians, eating aquatic plants including leaves, seeds, and shoots in or near the water. The Shoveler has a spatulate beak which allows it to suck in water as it swims and filter any food particles before squirting the remaining water from the sides of its beak.

Dabbling Ducks can easily take to flight straight from the water, when compared to Diving Ducks, which have to run across the water in order to take off. Northern Hemisphere Dabbling Ducks are highly migratory and strong fliers.

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.


African Black Duck

(Anas Sparsa)
Photo: Dave Key

Bronze-winged Duck

(Speculanas Specularis)
Photo: Dave Key

Falcated Duck

(Anas Falcata)
Photo: Dave Key

Gadwall

(Anas Strepera)
Photo: Dave Key

Garganey

(Anas Querquedula)
Photo: Dave Key

Spot-billed Duck

(Anas Poecilorhyncha)
Photo: Dave Key

Laysan Duck

(Anas Laysanensis)
Photo: Nigel Key

Mallard

(Anas Platyrhynchos)
Photo: Dave Key

Pacific Black Duck

(Anas Superciliosa)
Photo: Dave Key

Philippine Duck

(Anas Luzonica)
Photo: Dave Key

Northern Pintail

(Anas Laysanensis)
Photo: Dave Key

White-cheeked Pintail

(Anas Bahamensis)
Photo: Nigel Key

Australian Shoveler

(Anas Rhynchotis)
Photo: Dave Key

Cape Shoveler

(Anas Smithii)
photo by Neill Smith

Northern Shoveler

(Anas Clypeata)
Photo: Dave Key

Red Shoveler

(Anas Platalea)
Photo: Dave Key

Brown Teal

(Anas Chlorotis)
Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Baikal Teal

(Anas Formosa)
Photo: Dave Key

Blue-winged Teal

(Anas Discors)
Photo: Nigel Key

Cape Teal

(Anas Capensis)
Photo: Dave Key

Chestnut Teal

(Anas Castanea)
Photo: Nigel Key

Cinnamon Teal

(Anas Cyanoptera)
Photo: Dave Key

Grey Teal

(Anas Gracilis)
Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Bernier's Teal

(Anas Bernieri)
Photo: Dave Key

Red-billed Teal

(Anas Erythrorhyncha)
Photo: Dave Key

Silver Teal

(Anas Versicolor)
Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Hottentot Teal

(Anas Hottentota)
Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Puna Teal

(Anas Puna)
Photo: Dave Key

Eurasian Teal

(Anas Crecca)
Photo: Dave Key

Green-winged Teal

(Anas Carolinensis)
Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Sharp-winged Teal

(Anas Flavirostris Oxyptera)
Photo: Wikimedia Commons

American Wigeon

(Anas Americana)
Photo: Dave Key

Chiloe Wigeon

(Anas Sibilatrix)
Photo: Dave Key

Eurasian Wigeon

(Anas Penelope)
Photo: Dave Key

Yellow-billed Duck

(Anas Undulata)
Photo: Dave Key

American Black Duck

(Anas Rubripes)
Photo: Nigel Key

Mottled Duck

(Anas Fulvigula)
Photo: Wikimedia Commons

African Black Duck

(Anas Sparsa)
Photo: Dave Key

Bronze-winged Duck

(Speculanas Specularis)
Photo: Dave Key

Falcated Duck

(Anas Falcata)
Photo: Dave Key

Gadwall

(Anas Strepera)
Photo: Dave Key

Garganey

(Anas Querquedula)
Photo: Dave Key

Spot-billed Duck

(Anas Poecilorhyncha)
Photo: Dave Key

Laysan Duck

(Anas Laysanensis)
Photo: Nigel Key

Mallard

(Anas Platyrhynchos)
Photo: Dave Key

Pacific Black Duck

(Anas Superciliosa)
Photo: Dave Key

Philippine Duck

(Anas Luzonica)
Photo: Dave Key

Northern Pintail

(Anas Laysanensis)
Photo: Dave Key

White-cheeked Pintail

(Anas Bahamensis)
Photo: Nigel Key

Australian Shoveler

(Anas Rhynchotis)
Photo: Dave Key

Cape Shoveler

(Anas Smithii)
photo by Neill Smith

Northern Shoveler

(Anas Clypeata)
Photo: Dave Key

Red Shoveler

(Anas Platalea)
Photo: Dave Key

Brown Teal

(Anas Chlorotis)
Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Baikal Teal

(Anas Formosa)
Photo: Dave Key

Blue-winged Teal

(Anas Discors)
Photo: Nigel Key

Cape Teal

(Anas Capensis)
Photo: Dave Key

Chestnut Teal

(Anas Castanea)
Photo: Nigel Key

Cinnamon Teal

(Anas Cyanoptera)
Photo: Dave Key

Grey Teal

(Anas Gracilis)
Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Bernier's Teal

(Anas Bernieri)
Photo: Dave Key

Red-billed Teal

(Anas Erythrorhyncha)
Photo: Dave Key

Silver Teal

(Anas Versicolor)
Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Hottentot Teal

(Anas Hottentota)
Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Puna Teal

(Anas Puna)
Photo: Dave Key

Eurasian Teal

(Anas Crecca)
Photo: Dave Key

Green-winged Teal

(Anas Carolinensis)
Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Sharp-winged Teal

(Anas Flavirostris Oxyptera)
Photo: Wikimedia Commons

American Wigeon

(Anas Americana)
Photo: Dave Key

Chiloe Wigeon

(Anas Sibilatrix)
Photo: Dave Key

Eurasian Wigeon

(Anas Penelope)
Photo: Dave Key

Yellow-billed Duck

(Anas Undulata)
Photo: Dave Key

American Black Duck

(Anas Rubripes)
Photo: Nigel Key

Mottled Duck

(Anas Fulvigula)
Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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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