Muuuh Wildlife Photography

American Black Duck - Anas rubripes

This species is a large dabbling duck somehow resembling the female Mallard in coloration but has a darker plumage. Male and female are similar in appearance. It is an endemic species of North-America, usually found in coastal marshlands and freshwaters.

Common Names

  • American Black Duck (en)
  • Ánade sombrío (es)
  • Canard noir (fr)
  • Dunkelente (de)

Taxonomy

  • Anseriformes
  • Anatidae
  • Anas rubripes

Videos Behavioral Traits

Where & When to Spot

The only time I was sure about the identification of this species was with the couple I observed in a pond in the National Park Mont Saint Bruno.

How to Identify

The similarity with Mallard makes it difficult to identify this species. A distinctive mark is the lack of a white line between the wing’s blue posterior part and the brown anterior part. It is also less common than Mallard around Montreal.

Photos

American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)

American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)

A pair of American Black Ducks reposing at the shore of the river between Montreal and Laval.

Park Île-de-la-Visitation - 2020-05-22

NIKON Z 6; 300mm f/4.0; Focal Length 300mm; Exposure 1/1600; Aperture f/4; Iso 100;

American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)

American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)

A couple of American Black Ducks paddling along the shore of the river between Montreal and Laval

Park Île-de-la-Visitation - 2020-05-14

NIKON Z 6; 300mm f/4.0; Focal Length 300mm; Exposure 1/800; Aperture f/5.6; Iso 200;

American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)

American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)

mont-saint-bruno - 2015-05-17

NIKON D7100; 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6; Focal Length 300mm; Exposure 1/640; Aperture f5.6; Iso 450;

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