Ring-necked Duck

Other Names: none

Distribution: Great Lakes and Hudson Bay regions in summer; coasts of the United States and Mexico in winter. A nonmigratory population exists in the Pacific Northwest.

Ring-necked Duck distribution range map

Description:

Size: 37-46 cm in length with a 62-63 cm wingspan.

Plumage: Males have a black back and breast, a purple-glossed, black-appearing angular head, pale gray flanks, and a vertical white mark on the side of the breast. Females are brownish, paler around the base of the bill, with narrow white eye rings. The bill is pale gray with a white ring at the tip. The high angular shape of the head and white ring on the bill are indicative of the species.

Species image
Ring-necked Duck

Ring-necked Duck

Bill Shape
spatulate
long billed
Regions
alabama
alaska
alberta
arizona
arkansas
baja california
british columbia
california
caribbean
colorado
connecticut
cuba
delaware
district of columbia
florida
georgia
hawaii
idaho
illinois
indiana
iowa
kansas
kentucky
labrador
louisiana
maine
manitoba
maryland
massachusetts
mexico
michigan
minnesota
mississippi
missouri
montana
nebraska
nevada
new brunswick
new foundland
new hampshire
new jersey
new mexico
new york
north carolina
north dakota
northwest territories
nova scotia
nunavut
ohio
oklahoma
ontario
oregon
pennsylvania
quebec
rhodeisland
saskatchewan
south carolina
south dakota
tennessee
texas
utah
vermont
virginia
washington
west virginia
wisconsin
wyoming
yukon
Tail Shape
fan-shaped-tail
Wing Shape
tapered-wings
Action
flying
walking
Behavior
flocks
soaring
Markings
crown
head
streaks
Sounds
harsh call
Location
high flying
low flying
ground dwelling
high perching
north in summer
south in summer
south in winter
Habitat
lakes rivers ponds
flats
Forests
Oceans
Marshes
Color
sheen
black
blackandwhite
brown
gray
Body Shape
headcrested
necklong
duck
Size
large
Order
ducks, geese and swans - anatidae
ducks, geese and swans - anseriformes
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species