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)

Dendrocygna
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)
Thalassornis
White-backed Duck (Thalassornis leuconotus)
Cereopsis
Cape Barren Goose (Cereopsis novaehollandiae)
Branta
Brant Goose (Branta bernicla)
Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis)
Nene (Branta sandvicensis)
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)
Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis)
Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii)
Anser
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
Coscoroba Swan (Coscoroba coscoroba)
Cygnus
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)
Stictonetta
Freckled Duck (Stictonetta naevosa)
Hymenolaimus
Blue Duck (Hymenolaimus malacorhynchos)
Tachyeres
Flying Steamer Duck (Tachyeres patachonicus)
Fuegian Steamer Duck (Tachyeres pteneres)
Falkland Steamer Duck (Tachyeres brachypterus)
Chubut Steamer Duck (Tachyeres leucocephalus)
Merganetta
Torrent Duck (Merganetta armata)
Plectropterus
Spur-winged Goose (Plectropterus gambensis)
Sarkidiornis
Comb Duck (Sarkidiornis sylvicola)
Knob-billed Duck (Sarkidiornis melanotos)
Cyanochen
Blue-winged Goose (Cyanochen cyanoptera)
Alopochen
Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca)
Mauritius Sheldgoose (Alopochen mauritiana)
Reunion Sheldgoose (Alopochen kervazoi)
Neochen
Orinoco Goose (Neochen jubata)
Chloephaga
Andean Goose (Chloephaga melanoptera)
Upland Goose (Chloephaga picta)
Kelp Goose (Chloephaga hybrida)
Ashy-headed Goose (Chloephaga poliocephala)
Ruddy-headed Goose (Chloephaga rubidiceps)
Radjah
Raja Shelduck (Radjah radjah)
Tadorna
Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)
Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea)
South African Shelduck (Tadorna cana)
Australian Shelduck (Tadorna tadornoides)
Paradise Shelduck (Tadorna variegata)
Crested Shelduck (Tadorna cristata)
Malacorhynchus
Pink-eared Duck (Malacorhynchus membranaceus)
Salvadorina
Salvadori’s Teal (Salvadorina waigiuensis)
Cairina
Muscovy Duck (Cairina moschata)
Asarcornis
White-winged Duck (Asarcornis scutulata)
Pteronetta
Hartlaub’s Duck (Pteronetta hartlaubii)
Aix
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)
Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata)
Chenonetta
Maned Duck (Chenonetta jubata)
Nettapus
African Pygmy Goose (Nettapus auritus)
Cotton Pygmy Goose (Nettapus coromandelianus)
Green Pygmy Goose (Nettapus pulchellus)
Amazonetta
Brazilian Teal (Amazonetta brasiliensis)
Callonetta
Ringed Teal (Callonetta leucophrys)
Lophonetta
Crested Duck (Lophonetta specularioides)
Speculanas
Bronze-winged Duck (Speculanas specularis)
Sibirionetta
Baikal Teal (Sibirionetta formosa)
Spatula
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)
Mareca
Gadwall (Mareca strepera)
Falcated Duck (Mareca falcata)
Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope)
Chiloe Wigeon (Mareca sibilatrix)
American Wigeon (Mareca americana)
Amsterdam Wigeon (Mareca marecula)
Anas
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)
Marmaronetta
Marbled Duck (Marmaronetta angustirostris)
Rhodonessa
Pink-headed Duck (Rhodonessa caryophyllacea)
Netta
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina)
Rosy-billed Pochard (Netta peposaca)
Southern Pochard (Netta erythrophthalma)
Aythya
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)
Polysticta
Steller’s Eider (Polysticta stelleri)
Somateria
Spectacled Eider (Somateria fischeri)
King Eider (Somateria spectabilis)
Common Eider (Somateria mollissima)
Histrionicus
Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus)
Camptorhynchus
Labrador Duck (Camptorhynchus labradorius)
Melanitta
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)
Velvet Scoter (Melanitta fusca)
White-winged Scoter (Melanitta deglandi)
Common Scoter (Melanitta nigra)
Black Scoter (Melanitta americana)
Clangula
Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis)
Bucephala
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)
Barrow’s Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica)
Mergellus
Smew (Mergellus albellus)
Lophodytes
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)
Mergus
New Zealand Merganser (Mergus australis)
Brazilian Merganser (Mergus octosetaceus)
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)
Scaly-sided Merganser (Mergus squamatus)
Heteronetta
Black-headed Duck (Heteronetta atricapilla)
Nomonyx
Masked Duck (Nomonyx dominicus)
Oxyura
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)
Biziura
Musk Duck (Biziura lobata)


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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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