Dabbling Duck Identification

Dabbling Ducks (sub-family - Anatinae) consist of fifty to sixty species of duck which include Gadwall, Garganey, Mallard, Pintails, Shovelers, Teal, and Wigeon as well as many other ducks.

These ducks get their name because they feed in shallow water by dabbling or upending on the surface of the water as opposed to diving underwater for their food. Their legs are placed further forward on their body, compared to a diving duck, so they can comfortably walk and sometimes feed on land.

Mallard, Pintail, Teal, and Wigeon are mainly vegetarians, eating aquatic plants including leaves, seeds, and shoots in or near the water. The Shoveler has a spatulate beak which allows it to suck in water as it swims and filter any food particles before squirting the remaining water from the sides of its beak.

Dabbling Ducks can easily take to flight straight from the water, when compared to Diving Ducks, which have to run across the water in order to take off. Northern Hemisphere Dabbling Ducks are highly migratory and strong fliers.

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Click to enlarge African Black Duck
(Anas Sparsa)
Photo: Dave Key
Click to enlarge Bronze-winged Duck
(Speculanas Specularis)
Photo: Dave Key
Click to enlarge Falcated Duck
(Anas Falcata)
Photo: Dave Key
Click to enlarge Gadwall
(Anas Strepera)
Photo: Dave Key
Click to enlarge Garganey
(Anas Querquedula)
Photo: Dave Key
Click to enlarge Spot-billed Duck
(Anas Poecilorhyncha)
Photo: Dave Key
Click to enlarge Laysan Duck
(Anas Laysanensis)
Photo: Nigel Key
Click to enlarge Mallard
(Anas Platyrhynchos)
Photo: Dave Key
Click to enlarge Pacific Black Duck
(Anas Superciliosa)
Photo: Dave Key
Click to enlarge Philippine Duck
(Anas Luzonica)
Photo: Dave Key
Click to enlarge Northern Pintail
(Anas Laysanensis)
Photo: Dave Key
Click to enlarge White-cheeked Pintail
(Anas Bahamensis)
Photo: Nigel Key
Click to enlarge Australian Shoveler
(Anas Rhynchotis)
Photo: Dave Key
Click to enlarge Cape Shoveler
(Anas Smithii)
photo by Neill Smith
Click to enlarge Northern Shoveler
(Anas Clypeata)
Photo: Dave Key
Click to enlarge Red Shoveler
(Anas Platalea)
Photo: Dave Key
Click to enlarge Brown Teal
(Anas Chlorotis)
Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Click to enlarge Baikal Teal
(Anas Formosa)
Photo: Nigel Key
Click to enlarge Blue-winged Teal
(Anas Discors)
Photo: Nigel Key
Click to enlarge Cape Teal
(Anas Capensis)
Photo: Dave Key
Click to enlarge Chestnut Teal
(Anas Castanea)
Photo: Nigel Key
Click to enlarge Cinnamon Teal
(Anas Cyanoptera)
Photo: Dave Key
Click to enlarge Grey Teal
(Anas Gracilis)
Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Click to enlarge Bernier's Teal
(Anas Bernieri)
Photo: Dave Key
Click to enlarge Red-billed Teal
(Anas Erythrorhyncha)
Photo: Dave Key
Click to enlarge Silver Teal
(Anas Versicolor)
Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Click to enlarge Hottentot Teal
(Anas Hottentota)
Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Click to enlarge Puna Teal
(Anas Puna)
Photo: Dave Key
Click to enlarge Eurasian Teal
(Anas Crecca)
Photo: Dave Key
Click to enlarge Green-winged Teal
(Anas Carolinensis)
Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Click to enlarge Sharp-winged Teal
(Anas Flavirostris Oxyptera)
Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Click to enlarge American Wigeon
(Anas Americana)
Photo: Dave Key
Click to enlarge Chiloe Wigeon
(Anas Sibilatrix)
Photo: Dave Key
Click to enlarge Eurasian Wigeon
(Anas Penelope)
Photo: Dave Key
Click to enlarge Yellow-billed Duck
(Anas Undulata)
Photo: Dave Key
Click to enlarge American Black Duck
(Anas Rubripes)
Photo: Nigel Key
Click to enlarge Mottled Duck
(Anas Fulvigula)
Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Click on the Duck photographs to enlarge them or if you click on the Duck's name then it will take you to another page with information, more photos, and sometimes a video of that particular Duck.