Discover the most beautiful ducks from around the world. They not only come in a variety of shapes and colors but have mischievous personalities too.
While they are mostly aquatic birds, some species prefer fresh water to salt water.
1. Hooded Merganser
The Hooded Merganser is a small duck that lives in the swamps and wooded ponds in the northern part of the United States and southern Canada. There are also a few species in captivity in Europe with the odd few that have escaped to the wild.
2. Baikal Teal
The Baikal Teal is a migrating duck that lives in the forests of eastern Siberia. The male is very colorful with a striking green, yellow and black head-pattern and a white vertical line at the side of the breast.
Mandarins are one of the few duck species that are not hunted, mainly because they taste awful. They are also one of the most colorful ducks in the world. Unlike many ducks the Mandarin prefers to nest in trees.
The mallard is one of the most popular ducks in the world with species living in ponds and lakes all over the world. The males have a glossy green head and different shades of gray on their bodies while the females have a mainly brown-speckled plumage. The Mallards is believed to be the ancestor of most ducks.
5. Ruddy duck
The ruddy duck is found in North America and in parts of South America, one of the stiff-tailed ducks.
Ruddy Ducks are the only ducks in which males molt in the spring to reveal a beautiful plumage for attracting a mate.
The long-tailed duck is medium-sized and prefers to live on the coast. It feeds on sea water mollusks, crustaceans and some small fish. Even though they feed close to the surface, they are capable of diving to depths of 60 m (200 ft).
The yellow billed duck is usually found in huge swarms in Africa but disperses during the mating season. After the peak of the breeding season these ducks loose their feathers and become flightless for about four weeks. The species is also nocturnal so is hardly seen by people.
8. Ringed Teal
Ringed Teal have beautiful greenish plumage patterns, especially on the wings. The males have a finely speckled, pinkish breast and light pink legs. The Ringed Teal have strong claws which helps them to securely perch in trees. They are found in most South American countries.
9. King Eider
The King Eider is a large duck that lives on the coast of North America. It lives alone for most of the year but joins flocks during the spring time migration.
10. Wood Duck
The Wood Duck the most prettiest of all waterfowl. Males are chestnut and green colors with ornate patterns on nearly every feather. These ducks love to live in wooded swampy areas and are found mainly in the Eastern part of the United States.
11. Green-winged Teal
The Green-winged Teal is a small bird from North America. It has green patches on it’s wings which are only visible when the duck is flying. They are among the last ducks to reach their winter destination and the first to leave in the spring.
12. Spectacled Eider
Unlike other ducks the Spectacled Eider has facial feathers that extend down to the nostrils. The males have striking colors, with a pale green head, bright orange bill and the white spectacle-like patches around the eyes.