Muuuh Wildlife Photography

American Black Duck  - Anas rubripes

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

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.

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.

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.

- May 22, 2020

NIKON Z 6; 300mm f/4; Focal Length 300mm; Exposure 1/1600; Aperture f/4; Iso 100;
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American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)

American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)

pippy-park - August 15, 2017

NIKON D500; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 280mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f6.3; Iso 560;
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American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)

American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)

mont-saint-bruno - May 17, 2015

NIKON D7100; 70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6; Focal Length 300mm; Exposure 1/640; Aperture f5.6; Iso 450;
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