photo by Phil Swanson
L 22″(56 cm).
Song or calls:
Similar to Mallard.
Description: Sexes similar. Paler version of American Black Duck. Unstreaked throat, green speculum bordered in black (Mallard speculum is bordered in white). Absence of white in tail.
Habitat: Fresh or brackish marshes.
Where in Nebraska: Accidental in the fall.
Field Notes: Primarliy a Gulf Coast species. Also considered a casual migrant inland to Oklahoma and southern Kansas.
Fun Facts: Most carnivorous of all dabbling ducks. Until recently, the Mottled Duck was the only duck that nested in Southern marshes. As a result, the male adapted to look like the female, so now they both look the same.
Additional Information: Considered by some to be a subspecies of the Mallard.