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British Birds - Ducks 01
This bird can gradually submerge without diving. Do you know what it is?

British Birds - Ducks 01

Ducks are mostly aquatic birds, generally smaller than swans and geese, and may be found in both fresh water and sea water. Despite widespread misconceptions, only the females of most dabbling ducks 'quack'. A common urban legend claims that duck quacks do not echo; however, this has been shown to be false.

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1.
What is the name of this bird?
Photograph courtesy of Richard Bartz
Mallard
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Eider
Common Pochard
  • Group: Ducks, Geese and Swans
  • Binomial: Anas platyrhynchos
  • Order: Anseriformes
  • Family: Anatidae
  • Status: Resident Breeder, Winter Visitor, And Naturalised Releases
  • The commonest and most widespread duck.
  • Seen even in urban areas.
  • Is the ancestor of almost all of the varieties of domestic ducks.
2.
What is the name of this bird?
Photograph courtesy of Adrian Pingstone
Mallard
Tufted Duck
Common Pochard
Ruddy Shelduck
  • Group: Ducks, Geese and Swans
  • Binomial: Tadorna ferruginea
  • Order: Anseriformes
  • Family: Anatidae
  • Status: Records Since 1946 Are Presumed Escapes From Captivity
  • They swim buoyantly, often with the tail cocked up.
  • They can also gradually submerge without diving.
  • This is a bird of open country.
3.
What is the name of this bird?
Photograph courtesy of Kuribo
Common Eider
Common Pochard
Eurasian Wigeon
Ruddy Shelduck
  • Group: Ducks, Geese and Swans
  • Binomial: Anas penelope
  • Order: Anseriformes
  • Family: Anatidae
  • Status: Resident Breeder And Winter Visitor
  • This is a bird of open wetlands, such as wet grassland or marshes with some taller vegetation.
  • Large numbers winter on the coast.
  • It is a noisy species.
4.
What is the name of this bird?
Photograph courtesy of Peter Massas
Common Shelduck
Greater Scaup
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Shelduck
  • Group: Ducks, Geese and Swans
  • Binomial: Mergus serrator
  • Order: Anseriformes
  • Family: Anatidae
  • Status: Resident Breeder And Winter Visitor
  • These handsome diving ducks belong to the sawbill family, so called because of their long, serrated bills.
  • They are at home on both fresh and saltwater.
5.
What is the name of this bird?
Photograph courtesy of http://photo-natur.de/
Mallard
Common Shelduck
Garganey
Common Eider
  • Group: Ducks, Geese and Swans
  • Binomial: Somateria mollissima
  • Order: Anseriformes
  • Family: Anatidae
  • Status: Resident Breeder And Winter Visitor
  • The UK's heaviest duck, and its fastest flying.
  • It can fly at speeds of up to 113 km/h (70 mph).
  • This duck's call is a pleasant 'ah-ooo'.
6.
What is the name of this bird?
Photograph courtesy of http://photo-natur.de/
Tufted Duck
Common Pochard
Ruddy Shelduck
Greater Scaup
  • Group: Ducks, Geese and Swans
  • Binomial: Aythya fuligula
  • Order: Anseriformes
  • Family: Anatidae
  • Status: Resident Breeder And Winter Visitor
  • They will form large flocks on open water in winter.
  • Their breeding habitat is close to marshes and lakes with plenty of vegetation to conceal the nest.
7.
What is the name of this bird?
Photograph courtesy of http://carolinabirds.org/
Garganey
Red-breasted Merganser
Greater Scaup
Common Eider
  • Group: Ducks, Geese and Swans
  • Binomial: Anas querquedula
  • Order: Anseriformes
  • Family: Anatidae
  • Status: Breeding Summer Visitor
  • It is a scarce and very secretive breeding duck in the UK.
  • The male has a distinctive crackling mating call.
  • The female is rather silent for a female duck, but can manage a feeble 'quack'.
8.
What is the name of this bird?
Photograph courtesy of Calibas
Common Pochard
Common Eider
Greater Scaup
Ruddy Shelduck
  • Group: Ducks, Geese and Swans
  • Binomial: Aythya marila
  • Order: Anseriformes
  • Family: Anatidae
  • Status: Winter Visitor And Occasional Breeder
  • They mainly eats molluscs and aquatic plants.
  • Only a handful breed in the UK every year, making them our rarest breeding duck.
9.
What is the name of this bird?
Photograph courtesy of http://www.laitche.com/
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Shelduck
Eurasian Wigeon
Common Pochard
  • Group: Ducks, Geese and Swans
  • Binomial: Aythya ferina
  • Order: Anseriformes
  • Family: Anatidae
  • Status: Resident Breeder And Winter Visitor
  • They are known to hybridise with the tufted duck.
  • They often feed at night, and will upend for food as well as the more characteristic diving.
10.
What is the name of this bird?
Photograph courtesy of http://carolinabirds.org/
Garganey
Common Shelduck
Common Eider
Ruddy Shelduck
  • Group: Ducks, Geese and Swans
  • Binomial: Tadorna tadorna
  • Order: Anseriformes
  • Family: Anatidae
  • Status: Resident Breeder And Winter Visitor
  • The young will dive under water to avoid predators and the adults will fly away from them to act as a decoy.
  • The call is a loud honk.
  • Found mainly in coastal areas.

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