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Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)
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Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)

General Description: Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) are sexually dimorphic pond ducks. Both genders have a broad white band around the bill that separates the black tip from the gray base. Males are black with gray sides and a white crescent that separates the black breast and the gray sides. Females are mottled brown overall, although they are darker on the back, and they have a narrow white line behind the eye. The "ring" on the neck is a chestnut collar that is rarely seen in the field, but is apparent in hand.

Taxonomy: Anseriformes, Anatidae, Anatinae

Favored Habitat: Ponds and marshes.

Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)

Where to Find: Look for these ducks at Boulder Beach and the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve. To find them in more natural habitat, visit the Pahranagat Valley or the Overton Wildlife Management Area.

Comments: Alas, the ring on a "ring-necked" duck is on the bill, not the neck.

Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) If you were a tasty bit of pond weed or perhaps a little seed, this might be the last face you ever see!
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)
note the chestnut collar on this "ring-necked" Ring-necked Duck!
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)
Ring-necked Duck male
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)
Ring-necked Duck female
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)
Ring-necked Duck female
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)
Ring-necked Duck female
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)
Ring-necked Duck males and female in the background

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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