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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Latest I.O.C. Version
Species (173)

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


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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
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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