(Anas Rubripes)
African Pygmy Goose    American Flamingo

Geese of the World - Slimbridge
The American Black Duck found in North America Zone, SlimbridgeMap (Slimbridge)
Eastern North America
Breeding Habitat - East North America
From Manitoba, west coast of Hudson Bay, Labrador and Newfoundland south to the Great Lakes area, Iowa, Illinois, Ohio to North Carolina.
Winter Habitat or Migration Area
Winter eastwards to Nova Scotia, south to the gulf coast and Florida and west to Texas.

Conservation Status

210mm to 230mm (53" to 58")

Appearance - Drake
The male has a Blackish crown, the feathers having Buff coloured edges. The remainder of the head and neck is light Brown and Black streaks.

A dark stripe runs through the eye. The rest of the body is covered with dark Brown feathers which again have Buff coloured edges.

The speculum is Purple-Blue between two Black bands with a thin White band below the lowest Black band.

The underwing is White with Grey flight feathers. The bill is Yellow-Olive with a Black nail and nostrils.

The legs and feet are Red.

In eclipse plumage, the male has a greyer head and neck which is less streaky and a dull green bill.

Appearance - Duck
The female is similar in appearence to the eclipse male and has an Olive-Green and Black mottled bill. The legs and feet are either Greenish Yellow or dull Orange.

Wetlands, Marshes, Lakes, Ponds, and Rivers of North America.

Leaves, Rushes, Vegetable Matter, Seeds. They also cosume small ammounts of Grasshoppers, Worms, small Crabs and Shrimp.

Breeding Time
April to June.

They build in vegetation, grasses or use old nests, suitable hollows or holes.

Quantity: 10 to 12.
Average size: 58mm x 40mm.
Colour: Buff-Green.

Slimbridge Wildfowl A - B
African Black Duck (Anas Sparsa)
African Pygmy Goose (Nettapus Auritus)
American Black Duck (Anas Rubripes)
American Flamingo (Phoenicopterus Ruber)
American Wigeon (Anas Americana)
American Wood Duck (Aix Sponsa)
Andean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus Andinus)
Andean Goose (Chloephaga Melanoptera)
Argentinian Ruddy Duck (Oxyura Vittata)
Australian Shelduck (Tadorna Tadornoides)
Australian Shoveler (Anas Rhynchotis)
Australian Wood Duck (Chenonetta Jubata)
Baer's Pochard (Aythya Baeri)
Baikal Teal (Anas Formosa)
Bar-Headed Goose (Anser Indicus)
Barnacle Goose (Branta Leucopsis)
Bewick's Swan (Cygnus Columbianus Bewickii)
Black-Bellied Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna Autumnalis)
Black-Necked Swan (Cygnus Melancoryphus)
Black Swan (Cygnus Atratus)
Blue-Winged Goose (Cyanochen Cyanoptera)
Blue-Winged Teal (Anas Discors)
Brazilian Teal (Amazonetta Brasiliensis)
Brent Goose (Branta Bernicla)
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African Pygmy Goose    American Flamingo
American Black Duck
©Nigel Key American Black Duck (Slimbridge May 2012)

The American Black Duck is a large dabbling duck. American Black Ducks are similar to Mallards in size resembling the female Mallard, although the American Black Duck's plumage is darker.

In flight, the American Black Duck's white underwings can be seen in contrast to the dark brown body. The behaviour and voice are the same as for the Mallard drake.

American Black Ducks interbreed regularly and extensively with Mallards, to which they are closely related.
   Hear the American Black Duck's Call:-

Photographs ©Nigel Key, Click thumbnail to enlarge.
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