photo by NEBRASKAland Magazine/Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.
L 21″(53 cm).
Song or calls:
Males coo during courtship, silent most other times.
Description: Shallow sloping forehead. Long black bill. Head and neck are chestnut, back and sides whitish-gray, black tail. Female has brown head and breast, gray-brown back, and same sloping forehead.
Habitat: Found on marshes, rivers, and shallow lakes with submerged vegetation during migration. During breeding the species prefers moderate to large lakes with emergent vegetation.
Where in Nebraska: Look for Canvasbacks on large lakes and reservoirs in early April. Also, Lake McConaughy during winter if open water exists.
Nebraska Seasons: Common, locally abundant, regular spring and fall migrant across the state. Rare, locally uncommon, regular breeder in the Sandhills region of Nebraska. Uncommon casual winter visitor.
Fun Facts: Canvasbacks are the largest of Nebraska’s diving ducks and great fliers reaching speeds up to 70 miles an hour.