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Duck-like Birds - Page 3

Northern Pintail

Pintail DuckSize - 25 to 29 inches long
Habitat - Marshes and ponds.
Nesting - The nest is a down-lined hollow of plant material.
Eggs - 6 to 12, cream colored or greenish. Incubation about 26 days, by female only. Young leave the nest soon after hatching. Fly at seven weeks.
Food - Small fish, crustaceans, snails, seeds, and insects.

American Wigeon

WigeonSize - 18 to 23 inches long.
Habitat - Lakes, ponds, and marshes.
Nesting - The nest is a hollow lined with grass and a lot of down, in the tall weeds, often some distance from the water.
Eggs - 6 to 12, cream colored. Incubation 25 days, by female. Young leave nest soon after hatching; fly at 7 to 8 weeks.
Food - Seeds and foliage of aquatic plants as well as some insects and mollusks.

Gadwall

GadwallSize - 19 to 23 inches long.
Habitat - Ponds, lakes, and marshes.
Nesting - The nest is a hollow lined with plant matter and some down, usually near water.
Eggs - 7 to 15, cream colored. Incubation 25 to 28 days, by female. Young leave nest soon after hatching; fly at 7 to 9 weeks.
Food - Aquatic plants and seeds as well as some insects and mollusks.

Ring-necked Ducks

Ring-necked DucksSize - 21 to 25 inches long.
Habitat - Sea coasts, lakes, and rivers.
Nesting - The nest is a structure of sticks in a tree, on a bush or platform, or, rarely on the ground.
Eggs - 2 to 4, pinkish or cinnamon, heavily marked with brown. Incubation 32 days, usually by the female. Young leave the nest 8 weeks after hatching.
Food - Mostly fish; occasionally rodents and birds.

Green-winged Teal

Green-winged TealSize - 13 to 16 inches long.
Habitat - Ponds, lakes, mud flats, and marshes.
Nesting - The nest is a hollow of grass lined with down and hidden in vegetation near water.
Eggs - 7 to 15, dull white, greenish, or buff. Incubation 24 days, by female. Young leave nest soon after hatching; fly at 6 weeks.
Food - Aquatic plants, insects, and seeds.

Common Goldeneye

common goldeneyeSize - 16 to 20 inches long and stocky.
Habitat - Lakes, large rivers and bays.
Nesting - The nest is a mass of down in the tree cavity or bird box.
Eggs - 6 to 15, pale green. Incubation 27 to 32 days, by female. Young leave nest soon after hatching; fly at 8 to 9 weeks.
Food - Aquatic plants and insects, mollusks and crustaceans.

Ruddy Duck

ruddy duckSize - 14-16 inches long.
Habitat - Marshes and weedy ponds.
Nesting - The nest is a floating mass of stems and leaves, anchored to vegetation.
Eggs - 5 to 17, white or cream colored. Incubation 24 days, by female. Young leave the nest soon after hatching; first fly at 6-7 weeks.
Food - Seeds, snails, insects, and foliage of aquatic plants.

Redhead

RedheadSize - 18 - 22 inches long.
Habitat - Marshes, ponds, lakes, and bays.
Nesting - The nest is a shallow cup of plant material, sparsely lined with down, in tall vegetation area near water.
Eggs - 10 to 16, buff. Incubation 24 days, by female only. Young leave the nest soon after hatching; begin to fly at 8 to 10 weeks.
Food - Foliage and seeds of aquatic plants; some insects and mollusks.

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