photo by Phil Swanson
L 23″ (58 cm).
Song or calls:
Males have short, weak, reedy note. Females – similar to mallards.
Description: Body blackish-brown, face and foreneck paler. Speculum violet and may show thin white edge. Yellow bill. Female bill is dull green sometimes flecked with black.
Habitat: Large marshes, lakes or reservoirs. Breeds in wooded swamps.
Where in Nebraska: Rare spring migrant and fall migrant east, rare casual elsewhere. Rare casual summer visitor statewide. Rare regular winter visitor east.
Status: Appears to be a decline in numbers in Nebraska.
Fun Facts: The American Black Duck often hybridizes, interbreeds, with Mallards so there is often competition for resources.
Additional Information: Mallard-Black duck hybrids are becoming increasingly common.