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Ducks at a Distance
A Waterfowl Identification Guide


GIF -- Picture of Redheads

Range coast to coast, with the largest numbers in the Central Flyway. Migratory flocks travel in V's; move in irregular formations over feeding areas. Often found associating with canvasback. In the air, they give the impression of always being in a hurry.

GIF -- Picture of Flock Pattern

Usually spend the day in large rafts in deep water; feed morning and evening in shallower sections. Drakes purr and meow; hens have a loud squak, higher than a hen mallard's.

GIF -- Picture of Wings

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