Ruddy Duck

Other Names: none

Distribution: throughout North America south through Mexico and the Caribbean; a secondary population exists in the Andes.

Ruddy Duck distribution range map

Description:

Size: 35-43 cm in length with a 53-64 cm wingspan.

Plumage: Males have a rust-red body, a blue bill, and a white face with a black cap. Females have a gray-brown body with a grayish face with a darker bill and cap and a brown cheek stripe. Andean populations have a black stripe across the face. 

Species image
Ruddy Duck

Ruddy 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
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
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
rounded-tail
Wing Shape
tapered-wings
Action
walking
Markings
cross
tailbands
Sounds
electronic
clear
Location
ground dwelling
north in summer
south in winter
Habitat
coasts
fields
flats
Oceans
Marshes
Color
sheen
brown
rust
Body Shape
necklong
duck
Size
large
medium
Order
ducks, geese and swans - anatidae
ducks, geese and swans - anseriformes
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species