Ring-necked Duck

General description.

The male "Ring-necked Duck" has a black back and breast with a vertical white mark on the side. Its flanks are pale gray. The cinnamon neck ring is usually difficult to observe, unlike the white ring on its bill, which is why the bird is sometimes referred to as a "ringbill". The high, angular shape of the head distinguishes this bird from the scaup.

Female appearance.

The female "Ring-necked Duck" is brownish with a paler bill and ring. Her eyes are dark with a prominent white eye ring.

Breeding habits.

Their breeding habitats are the wooded lakes and/or ponds in the northern United States and Canada.

Calls or song.

The "Ring-necked" makes soft purring notes, but is usually silent.

Population and distribution.

This diving duck is partial to acid ponds and lakes in wooded regions. They are seldom found on salt water, as most others of their species. They winter along all three coasts.

Nesting habits.

The "Ring-necked Duck" makes a bowl-shaped nest built with aquatic vegetation and lined with down, in a dry location near open water. The female lays 8 to nest 10 eggs.
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