Ducks at a Distance
A Waterfowl Identification Guide

Ring-Necked Duck


GIF -- Picture of Ring-Necks

Similar in appearance to scaups, but more often found in fresh marshes and wooded ponds. In flight, the dark wings are different from the white-edged wings of scaup.

GIF -- Picture of Wings

Faint brown ring on drake's neck never shows in the field; light bands at tip and base of bill are conspicuous. Fly as small flocks in open formation; often land without circling. Drakes purr; hens are usually silent.

GIF -- Picture of Flock Pattern


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