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Waterfowl Identification in the Central Flyway

Black Duck (Black Mallard, Black)


GIF -- Picture of Male Black Duck

Body: Large duck, 2 1/2 - 3 pounds, 24-28 inches long. Dark sooty appearance with lighter head. Bill of male yellow to greenish yellow; female bill greenish olive with blotches. Feet orange to reddish orange. Wings: Dark with purplish blue speculum bordered with black bars on leading and trailing edges. Voice: Female, loud quack; male, low raspy rink. In Flight: Black body contrasts with white underwings.

GIF -- Picture of Female Black Duck


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