Anatidae – Ducks, Geese & Swans

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) at Lake Parker By Dan'sPix

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) at Lake Parker By Dan’sPix

And the swan, and the pelican, and the gier eagle, (Leviticus 11:18 KJV)


CLASS – AVES, Order – ANSERIFORMES, Family – Anatidae – Ducks, Geese & Swans


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Species (173)

White-faced Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna viduata) by Dan
Black-bellied Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis) by Reinier
____ (Dendrocygna autumnalis autumnalis) ©WikiC
Spotted Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna guttata) by Ian
West Indian Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna arborea) ©WIWD
Fulvous Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna bicolor) ©USFWS – Video
Plumed Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna eytoni) by Ian – Zoo Miami’s by Dan
Wandering Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna arcuata) by Ian – Video by Nick
Lesser Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna javanica) by Nikhil – Zoo Miami’s by Dan
White-backed Duck (Thalassornis leuconotus) ©WikiC
Cape Barren Goose (Cereopsis novaehollandiae) by Ian
Brant Goose (Branta bernicla) by JFenton – Video by Keith
____ (Branta bernicla bernicla) ©WikiC
Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis)  ©Wiki – Zoo Miami’s by Lee
Nene (Branta sandvicensis) Oiseaux
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) by Ian
Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis) ©AGrosset
Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii)©USFWS – Family ©USFWS
____ (Branta hutchinsii leucopareia) ©WikiC
____ (Branta hutchinsii minima) Family ©USFWS
Bar-headed Goose (Anser indicus) by Nikhil – Zoo Miami’s by Lee
Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) ©USFWS
Ross’s Goose (Anser rossii) by JFenton
Snow Goose (Anser caerulescens) nest ©USFWS
Greylag Goose (Anser anser) by Nikhil
Swan Goose (Anser cygnoides) by Lee
Taiga Bean Goose (Anser fabalis) by QuyTran
Tundra Bean Goose (Anser serrirostris) ©WikiC
Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) ©AGrosset
Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) by Nikhil
____ (Anser albifrons albifrons) ©WikiC
____ (Anser albifrons frontalis) ©WikiC
Lesser White-fronted Goose (Anser erythropus) by Nikhil
Coscoroba Swan (Coscoroba coscoroba) ©AGrosset – Zoo Miami’s by Lee
Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) by Dan – Video by Nick – Article
Black-necked Swan (Cygnus melancoryphus) by Bob-Nan
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) by Dan
Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) by DavesBP
Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus) by DavesBP
Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus) by Ian
Freckled Duck (Stictonetta naevosa) by IanVideo by Nick
Blue Duck (Hymenolaimus malacorhynchos) ©WikiC
Flying Steamer Duck (Tachyeres patachonicus) by DavesBP – Photo ©WikiC
Fuegian Steamer Duck (Tachyeres pteneres) ©AGrosset
Falkland Steamer Duck (Tachyeres brachypterus) by DavesBP
Chubut Steamer Duck (Tachyeres leucocephalus) by BirdingPix
Torrent Duck (Merganetta armata) by Robert Scanlon – Video by Keith
Spur-winged Goose (Plectropterus gambensis) by Bob-Nan
Comb Duck (Sarkidiornis sylvicola) by Nikhil – Video by Keith
Knob-billed Duck (Sarkidiornis melanotos) ©WikiC
Blue-winged Goose (Cyanochen cyanoptera) at Zoo ©WikiC
Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca) by DavesBP
Mauritius Sheldgoose (Alopochen mauritianus †) Extinction  Extinct
Reunion Sheldgoose (Alopochen kervazo i) (New 3.5)
Orinoco Goose (Neochen jubata) ©WikiC
Andean Goose (Chloephaga melanoptera) ©WikiC
Upland Goose (Chloephaga picta) by DavesBP
Kelp Goose (Chloephaga hybrida) by DavesBP
Ashy-headed Goose (Chloephaga poliocephala) by DavesBP
Ruddy-headed Goose (Chloephaga rubidiceps) by Daves BirdingPix
Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna) by Ian
Raja Shelduck (Tadorna radjah) by Ian – Video by Nick – Zoo Miami’s by Dan
Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea) by Nikhil – Video by Keith – Zoo Miami’s by Dan
South African Shelduck (Tadorna cana) ©WikiC
Australian Shelduck (Tadorna tadornoides) by Ian – Video FVideo M
Paradise Shelduck (Tadorna variegata) male  – female ©WikiC
Crested Shelduck (Tadorna cristata †) WorldBirds Extinct
Pink-eared Duck (Malacorhynchus membranaceus) by Ian – Video by Nick
Salvadori’s Teal (Salvadorina waigiuensis) IBC – Video by Keith
Muscovy Duck (Cairina moschata) by SSlayton – Video by Keith
White-winged Duck (Asarcornis scutulata) by Nikhil
Hartlaub’s Duck (Pteronetta hartlaubii) ©WikiC
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) by Dan
Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata) by SSlayton – Zoo Miami’s by Dan
Maned Duck (Chenonetta jubata) ©AGrosset – Video by Nick
African Pygmy Goose (Nettapus auritus) ©WikiC – Video by Keith
Cotton Pygmy Goose (Nettapus coromandelianus) by Ian –  Zoo Miami’s by Lee
Green Pygmy Goose (Nettapus pulchellus) by Ian
Brazilian Teal (Amazonetta brasiliensis) ©WikiC
Ringed Teal (Callonetta leucophrys) ©WikiC – Zoo Miami’s by Dan
Crested Duck (Lophonetta specularioides) by DavesBP – Video by Keith
Bronze-winged Duck (Speculanas specularis) ©WikiC
Baikal Teal (Sibirionetta formosa) ©WikiC – Zoo Miami’s by Lee
Garganey (Spatula querquedula) by Nikhil
Hottentot Teal (Spatula hottentota) ©WikiC
Puna Teal (Spatula puna) ©WikiC
Silver Teal (Spatula versicolor) ©WikiC
____ (Spatula versicolor versicolor) ©WikiC
Red Shoveler (Spatula platalea) by DavesBP
Cinnamon Teal (Spatula cyanoptera) by Ian
Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) by Bob-Nan – Zoo Miami’s by Dan
Cape Shoveler (Spatula smithii) by Ian
Australasian Shoveler (Spatula rhynchotis) by Ian – Video by Nick
Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata) Zoo Miami’s by Dan
Gadwall (Mareca strepera) Oiseaux – Video by Keith
Falcated Duck (Mareca falcata) ©WikiC
Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope) by DavesBP
Chiloe Wigeon (Mareca sibilatrix) by DavesBP
American Wigeon (Mareca americana) by Ray – Brood©USFWS
Amsterdam Wigeon (Mareca marecula ††)
African Black Duck (Anas sparsa)©WikiC – Video by Keith
Yellow-billed Duck (Anas undulata) ©WikiC – Video by Keith
Meller’s Duck (Anas melleri) ©WikiC
Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa) by Ian – Video by Nick
Laysan Duck (Anas laysanensis) ©WikiC
Hawaiian Duck (Anas wyvilliana) ©WikiC
Philippine Duck (Anas luzonica) ©WikiC
Indian Spot-billed Duck (Anas poecilorhyncha) by Nikhil
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha) ©WikiC
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) by Dan
Mottled Duck (Anas fulvigula) by DavesBP
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes) by JFenton
Mexican Duck (Anas diazi) ©USFWS
Cape Teal (Anas capensis) ©WikiC
White-cheeked Pintail (Anas bahamensis) by DavesBP – Zoo Miami’s by Lee
Red-billed Teal (Anas erythrorhyncha) ©WikiC
Yellow-billed Pintail (Anas georgica) by Daves BirdingPix
Eaton’s Pintail (Anas eatoni) ©WikiC
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) Ray – Family by Ian
Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca) by Ian
Green-winged Teal (Anas carolinensis) by Bob-Nan
Yellow-billed Teal (Anas flavirostris) ©WikiC
Andean Teal (Anas andium) Drawing ©WikiC
Sunda Teal (Anas gibberifrons) ©WikiC – Zoo Miami’s by Lee
Andaman Teal (Anas albogularis) Drawing ©WikiC
Mascarene Teal (Anas theodori †) Extinction Extinct
Grey Teal (Anas gracilis) by Ian – Video by Nick
Chestnut Teal (Anas castanea) by Ian – Video by Nick
Bernier’s Teal (Anas bernieri) ©WikiC
Brown Teal (Anas chlorotis) ©WikiC
Auckland Teal (Anas aucklandica) Drawing ©WikiC
Campbell Teal (Anas nesiotis) ©WikiC
Marbled Duck (Marmaronetta angustirostris) ©WikiC
Pink-headed Duck (Rhodonessa caryophyllacea †) Drawing Oiseaux
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina) by Ian – Zoo Miami’s by Dan
Rosy-billed Pochard (Netta peposaca) ©WikiC
Southern Pochard (Netta erythrophthalma) female ©WikiC
Canvasback (Aythya valisineria) by DavesBP
Redhead (Aythya americana) by Ray
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina) ©WikiC
Hardhead (Aythya australis) Female by Ian – Video M by Nick – Zoo Miami’s by Dan
Madagascan Pochard (Aythya innotata) ©WikiC
Baer’s Pochard (Aythya baeri) ©WikiC
Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca) by Nikhil
New Zealand Scaup (Aythya novaeseelandiae)female ©WikiC
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) by Dan
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)female by Ian
Greater Scaup (Aythya marila) by Ray
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis) by Ray
Steller’s Eider (Polysticta stelleri) by Ian
Spectacled Eider (Somateria fischeri) ©USFWS
King Eider (Somateria spectabilis) ©USFWS
Common Eider (Somateria mollissima) by Ian
Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) by Ian
Labrador Duck (Camptorhynchus † labradorius †) WorldBirds – Drawing Oiseaux
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata) by DavesBP
Velvet Scoter (Melanitta fusca) Drawing ©WikiC
White-winged Scoter (Melanitta deglandi) by Ray
Common Scoter (Melanitta nigra) Drawing ©WikiC
Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) ©WikiC
Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) by Ray
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) by DavesBP
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula) by Nikhil
Barrow’s Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) by DavesBP
Smew (Mergellus albellus) ©WikiC
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) by SSlayton
New Zealand Merganser (Mergus australis †) Oiseaux
Brazilian Merganser (Mergus octosetaceus) Oiseaux
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) by Nikhil – Zoo Miami’s by Dan
____ (Mergus merganser merganser) ©WikiC
____ (Mergus merganser americanus) ©WikiC
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) by Ray
Scaly-sided Merganser (Mergus squamatus) male – female ©WikiC
Black-headed Duck (Heteronetta atricapilla) ©WikiC
Masked Duck (Nomonyx dominicus) ©WikiC
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) by DavesBP – Zoo Miami’s by Dan
Andean Duck (Oxyura ferruginea) by Robert Scanlon
Lake Duck (Oxyura vittata) females ©WikiC
Blue-billed Duck (Oxyura australis) by Ian – Video by Nick
Maccoa Duck (Oxyura maccoa) by Ian
White-headed Duck (Oxyura leucocephala) ©WikiC – Zoo Miami’s by Lee
Musk Duck (Biziura lobata) by Ian – Video by Nick
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©©Arthur Grosset’s Birds
Bob & Nan’s Gallery
Dan’s Pix (Dan)
Dave’s BirdingPix
Ian Montgomery’s Birdway
Jim Fenton
Keith Blomerley – Videographer
Nick Talbot – Videographer
Nikhil Devasar’s Gallery
Nikhil Devasar’s Gallery-II
Quy Tran Galleries
Ray’s Wildlife Photography
Reinier’s Wildstock Photos Gallery
SSlayton – Fotobirder at Smugmug


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The Anatidae are the biological family of birds that includes ducks, geese and swans. The family has a cosmopolitan distribution, occurring on all the world’s continents except Antarctica and on most of the world’s islands and island groups. These are birds that created for swimming, floating on the water surface, and in some cases diving in at least shallow water. (The Magpie Goose is no longer considered to be part of the Anatidae, but is placed in its own family Anseranatidae.) The family contains around 146 species in 40 genera. They are generally herbivorous, and are monogamous breeders. A number of species undertake annual migrations. A few species have been domesticated for agriculture, and many others are hunted for food and recreation. Five species have become extinct since 1600, and many more are threatened with extinction. (Wikipedia, with editing)

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