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Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris

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Ring-necked Duck is an attractive diving duck from North America that winters along the northern fringe of the Neotropics.  This duck breeds primarily in the boreal forest of Canada and the northern US, and routinely winters throughout the United States, Mexico north of the Yucatan Peninsula, and on many of the Caribbean islands.  Winter records exist for much of Central America, and Ring-necked Duck has been recorded as far south as Venezuela!  Males show a purplish-black peaked head, with black back, wings, and rear end with a gray body and a white shoulder bar, and a gray bill with white rings and a black tip.  Females are largely brown with a paler face, white base to the bill, and pale spectacles.  Ring-necked Ducks typically winter on freshwater ponds, often on smaller bodies of water than other Aythya.

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Grunting calls of male and peeping of female

© Gerrit Vyn

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-breeding

Recommended Citation

Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/rinduc