The male Ring-Necked Duck was photographed in Frame Park in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

The male Ring-Necked Duck was photographed in Frame Park in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

The female Ring-Necked Duck stayed with a group of other Ring-Necked Ducks and Scaups in the center of the Fox River.

The female Ring-Necked Duck stayed with a group of other Ring-Necked Ducks and Scaups in the center of the Fox River.

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The male Ring-Necked Duck has a black top and white bottom with a vertical white mark before the wing and a bluish bill with a white ring. The female Ring-Necked Duck is brownish with an indistinct lightface patch, a dark eye with white-eye ring, and a white ring on the bill. It is similar to the Lesser and Greater, Scaup Ducks. It has a range of Canada and the United States to Panama. It has a habit on wooded lakes, ponds, and on usually fresh water rivers and bays. It feeds on mostly aquatic plants, stems, roots, seeds, and insects. It usually stays to itself and associates with dabbling ducks on shallow steams or ponds. Despite the name, a ring on its neck is almost never visible.

This Barnacle Goose was photographed at the Sarah P. Duke University Gardens in Durham, North Carolina.

This Barnacle Goose was photographed at the Sarah P. Duke University Gardens in Durham, North Carolina.

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The Barnacle Goose is a small black and white goose with a black neck to the waterline, and a white face. It is heavily scalloped above. It is from the Arctic Coasts of Greenland and Siberia (it may occasionally reach northeastern North America), but it is considered an aviary bird. Its habitat is mainly salt bays, lakes, estuaries, and tundra. It eats stems and roots of grasses, seeds, berries, and aquatic plants.

These Muscovy Ducks were photographed in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

These Muscovy Ducks were photographed in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

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The Muscovy Duck is a large domesticated duck that is predominantly black and white with pink or red wattles around the bill. They have claws on their feet and a flat tail. It is native to Mexico, Central and South America. The true wild Muscovy Duck is blackish with white wing patches. They have a habitat of urban and suburban lakes, and on farms, nesting in trees or on the ground under shrubs.  In the US it is an invasive species, an owner may raise them for food production only. They feed on roots, stems, leaves, and seeds of aquatic plants. They also eat small fish, crustaceans, and insects.

The male Great-Tailed Grackle was photographed in San Antonio, Texas

The male Great-Tailed Grackle was photographed in San Antonio, Texas

The female Great-Tailed Grackle was photographed in San Antonio, Texas

The female Great-Tailed Grackle was photographed in San Antonio, Texas

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The male Great-Tailed grackle is a large purple-blue-glossed bird with long tail and pale yellow eyes. The female Great-tailed Grackle is much smaller than the male and is brown-gray with a paler breast and pale yellow-white eyes. It has a range from the southwest United States to Peru. It has a habitat in open and semi open country, groves, thickets, farms, towns, and city parks. Its diet is varied that includes insects, spiders, millipedes, snails, crayfish, tadpoles, small fish, lizards, and eggs. It often feeds and moves in flocks.

 

The Black-Bellied Whistling Duck was photographed at San Antonio, Texas, a normal year-round area for the duck.

The Black-Bellied Whistling Duck was photographed at San Antonio, Texas, a normal year-round area for the duck.

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The Black-Bellied Whistling Duck is a goose-like rusty duck with black belly, broad white patch on forewing, bright coral-red bill, and long pink legs. The immature has grayer bill, legs, and belly. It has a pale eye-ring. It has a range of Texas and Arizona to Northern Argentina. It has a habitat of ponds, lakes and fresh marshes; favors shallow fresh water lakes and ponds with trees. It feeds mainly on seeds and grains, and some insects, and snails.

The Fulvous Whistling Duck was photographed at the San Antonio, Texas Zoo

The Fulvous Whistling Duck was photographed at the San Antonio, Texas Zoo

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The Fulvous Whistling Duck is tan with a dark bill and legs, a dark back, a pale side stripe, and a white rump. It is a tawny goose-like duck that is found grazing in open fields or tipping up in shallow ponds. It has a range from Southern United States (Texas to Florida coasts) to Central America. It has a habitat in marshes, mostly coastal. It feeds on mostly seeds and aquatic plants.

The Black Swan is an exotic bird in the United States that is native to Australia. It was photographed in San Antonio, Texas.

The Black Swan is an exotic bird in the United States that is native to Australia. It was photographed in San Antonio, Texas.

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The Black Swan is black feathered with a red bill and gray black legs and feet. It is exotic to North America and is native to Australia. The habitat extends over fresh, brackish, and salt-water lakes, swamps, and rivers. The diet is generally aquatic and marshland plants.

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