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.
- Ring-necked Duck
- Lesser Scaup