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FREE DABBLING DUCKS OF BC CORE HUNTING QUIZ

FREE DABBLING DUCKS OF BC CORE HUNTING QUIZ

FREE DABBLING DUCKS OF BC CORE HUNTING QUIZ

Wood Duck

Male wood ducks have a crested head that is iridescent green and purple with a white stripe leading from the eye to the end of the crest, and another narrower white stripe from the base of the bill to the tip of the crest. The throat is white and the chest is burgundy with white flecks, gradually grading into a white belly. The bill is brightly patterned black, white and red. The legs and feet are a dull straw yellow and the iris is red. Female wood ducks have a gray-brown head and neck with a brownish, green, glossed crest. A white teardrop shaped patch surrounds the brownish-black eye. The throat is white and the breast is gray-brown stippled with white, fading into the white belly. The back is olive brown with a shimmer of iridescent green. The bill is blue-gray and the legs and feet are dull grayish-yellow.

 

A dabbling duck is a type of shallow water duck that feeds primarily along the surface of the water or by tipping headfirst into the water to graze on aquatic plants, vegetation, and insects. These ducks are infrequent divers and are usually found in small ponds, rivers, and other shallow waterways, or else they may stay near the shallow, slower edges of larger waterways.

Dabbling Ducks

Northern Pintail

Gadwall

Green-winged Teal

Wood Duck

Blue-winged Teal

American Wigeon

American Black Duck

Cinnamon Teal

Eurasian Wigeon

 

Physically, they typically have flat, broad bills that allow them to feed more quickly, instead of narrow bills that would not catch as much food with dabbling motions. When swimming, these ducks float high on the water which makes it easier for them to tip up as they dabble, but they cannot dive completely under the water easily. When they take flight from the water’s surface, they can spring directly into the air rather than gaining momentum by running along the surface first.

Dabbling ducks tend to be very vocal birds and different dabblers can make a variety of different sounds. Both males and females are vocal, though females are more likely to give the typical hoarse quacking calls while males’ calls can be more unique, including whistles, squeaks and honks. Their legs are placed close to the center of their body length, and they walk well on land. Their feet are generally smaller and more compact than the feet of diving ducks or other strong underwater swimmers.

Familiar species of dabbling ducks include mallardsnorthern shovelers, American wigeons, American black ducks, gadwalls, blue-winged teals, northern pintails and cinnamon teals.

Dabbling Ducks of BC CORE Hunter Education Course

Eric Beer | BC Firearm Academy

3229 Fraser St, Vancouver, BC V5V 4B8

604-592-2410

http://bcfirearmsacademy.ca

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