About Waterfowl . . . .

Waterfowl are birds that require aquatic habitats such as rivers, lakes, streams, wetlands, or oceans to survive. They have waterproof feathers and webbed feet that they use as flippers making them strong swimmers. Most waterfowl spend a majority of their time on the water but some waterfowl such as geese live mainly on grasslands. They are generally vegetarians, grazing on water weeds or grass but some hunt for fish snails or insects.

Waterfowl can be found on every continent except Antarctica but they are seasonal residence to many locations as they migrate huge distance every year between their summer breeding grounds and the regions where they spend the winter.

There are almost 200 species of birds that can be classified as waterfowl. True waterfowl include ducks, eiders, geese, loons, mergansers, teal, scoters and swans. 

Coots are generally grouped as waterfowl because they live in the same habitat with true waterfowl but they are not true waterfowl because they have lobed feet instead of webbed feet (see photo on the right).

Ducks can be classified into two different groups, dabbling ducks and diving ducks.

Dabbling ducks feed in shallow water with their head under water and their tail up in the air. Their legs are located in the center of their body helping them to move well on land and they lift directly off from water into flight.

Diving ducks feed in deeper water by diving under the surface. Their legs are farther back on the body helping them to swim underwater but they don’t move well on land. Their wings are broader causing them to need more takeoff space but they are stronger flyers.

I will be adding more species of Waterfowl Birds as I am able to see them and photograph them so check back later to see my new photos of these birds.

Coots

American Coot

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Eurasian Coot

Japan

Netherlands

Netherlands

Netherlands

Ducks

American Wigeon (Duck)

Female

Arizona

Female

Arizona

Female

Arizona

Female

Arizona

Male

Texas

Male

Texas

Eurasian Spot-billed Duck

Japan

Japan

Gadwall (Duck)

Female and Male

Texas

Male

Texas

Female and Male

Texas

Female and Male

Texas

Male

Texas

Indian Spot-billed Duck

Vietnam

Vietnam

Mallard (Duck)

Female and Male

Texas

Male

Spain

Female

Oregon

Female

Oregon

Female

Oregon

Male

New Zealand

Nonbreeding Male

Arizona

Immature Male

Arizona

Female

Arizona

Maned Duck

Male

Australia

Male and Female

Australia

Male

Australia

Male

Australia

Male and Female

Australia

Male

Australia

Mottled Duck

Male and Female

Texas

Northern Shoveler (Duck)

Male and Female

Texas

Male and Female

Texas

Male

Texas

Female

Texas

Male and Female

Texas

Pacific Black Duck

Australia

Australia

Australia

Australia

Australia

Ring-necked Duck

Female

Texas

Male

Texas

Male

Texas

Female

Texas

Female

Texas

Female

Texas

Female

Texas

Male and Female

Texas

Ruddy Duck

Female

Texas

Male

Texas

Male and Female

Texas

Male and Female

Texas

Tufted Duck

Japan

Japan

Japan

Japan

Japan

Wood Duck

Male and Female

New Mexico

Geese

Barnacle Geese

United Kingdom

United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Canada Geese

United Kingdom

New Mexico

Washington

Washington

Washington

Cape Barren Geese

Australia

Australia

Australia

Chinese Geese

Vietnam

Vietnam

Egyptian Geese

Netherlands

Netherlands

Netherlands

Netherlands

Netherlands

Netherlands

Graylag Geese

Germany

Spain

Spain

Spain

Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser

Male

Texas

Male

Texas

Male

Texas

Female

Texas

Male and Female

Texas

Female

Texas

Pintail

Northern Pintail

Japan

Japan

Japan

White-cheeked Pintail

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

Scaup

Lesser Scaup

Female

Texas

Male

Texas

Male

Texas

Female

Texas

Male

Texas

Female

Texas

New Zealand Scaup

Male

New Zealand

Male

New Zealand

Swan

Black Swan

United Kingdom

New Zealand

Hawaii

Mute Swan

Germany

United Kingdom

United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Teal

Blue Winged Teal

Male and Female

Texas

Male and Female

Texas

Male and Female

Texas

Male and Female

Texas

Male and Female

Texas

Male

Texas

Male

Texas

Male

Texas

Male

Texas

Chestnut Teal

Male

Australia

Male

Australia

Male

Australia

Cinnamon Teal

Male

Texas

Male

Texas

Male

Texas

Green-winged Teal

Female

Arizona

Female

Arizona

Whistling-Duck

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck

Texas

Texas

Texas

Nap time

Texas

Juvenile

Texas

Juvenile

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Fulvous Whistling-Duck

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Lesser Whistling-Duck

Vietnam

Vietnam

Vietnam

Plumbed Whistling-Duck

Australia

Australia

Australia

Australia

Australia

Australia

Wandering Whistling-Duck

Australia

Australia

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