The legs of diving ducks are far back on the body, great for swimming and diving, but they make for clumsy walking.
What you should know:
- Hybrids are not unusual and can cause confusion.
- Diving ducks have heavy bodies and require a running start before they can take off.
- Identification challenges: Canvasback and Redhead have similar coloration patterns but the bill shape makes Canvasbacks easy to identify.
- Identification challenges: Greater and Lesser Scaup are very similar in appearance and can be difficult to identify correctly. Visit the Scaup Comparison page to learn more.
Select a species for images and descriptive information.
Canvasback | Greater Scaup | Lesser Scaup | Redhead | Ring-necked Duck | Tufted Duck
The following Four images represent the females of Three different species. They can be difficult to separate, especially when seen at a distance and/or under poor lighting conditions. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see the names in order.
Diving ducks have a streamlined body, webbed feet, and are excellent swimmers and divers. They feed on fish and other aquatic prey and are known for their ability to stay underwater for several minutes.