Mottled Duck

photo by Phil Swanson

Anas fulvigula
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.

Mottled Duck - photo by Phil Swanson Mottled Duck with chicks - photo by Phil Swanson
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