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BIRDS

Black Duck Hunting - Captivity

AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS

Anas rubripes

At A Glance

  • IDENTIFICATION: Dark brown bodies, purple and black stripe on wings, brown eyes, black bills on males; olive bills on females
  • COMMONLY CONFUSED WITH: Female mallards, mottled ducks, gadwalls
  • CONSERVATION STATUS: Least Concern - Population Trend Decreasing
  • DIET: Plants, grain, insects, crustaceans, mollusks, fish
  • HABITAT: Freshwater wetlands
  • NESTING: February through March in basins dug into leaves and soil, lined with grass, twigs, leaves and pine needles
  • BEHAVIOR: Tip up rather than diving to forage for food
  • SPECIAL SKILLS: May dive more than 12 feet for food
  • SEASONS FOR VIEWING IN NORTH LOUISIANA: October through March