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Commercially, ducks have been bred for their meat, down, foie gras and eggs, and this history has contributed to the domestic breeds of duck we still have today. I have tried to capture their history in the linked breed profile pages and have consulted and collaborated with many breed experts. The photos of these duck breeds mainly come from poultry and waterfowl shows in the UK that I have attended over the last 12 years.

A species is a group of animals that can interbreed and produce fertile offspring. There are different species of ducks found in the wild (wildfowl) and by specialist breeders in captivity (ornamental ducks or ornamental wildfowl). It is used to describe domestic animals that have been artificially bred for specific qualities and characteristics for several generations until they breed true. For example, the Indian Runner and Pekin are breeds of duck descended from the Mallard ( Anas p. platyrhynchos ). Since all of our domestic duck breeds (except the Muscovy) are descended from the same species (the Mallard), they can interbreed with one another and any wild Mallards that fly into the breeding pen! We can see an example of this interbreeding on many lakes and ponds worldwide, where domestic ducks have been released and bred with the local Mallard population. This page covers every domestic duck breed in the British Waterfowl Standard (and British Poultry Standard).

How can I identify a duck?

Top tip: a useful way of identifying ducks (especially females) is to look at the speculum – this is a coloured patch on the secondary flight feathers, which are the feathers at the trailing edge of the wing, closest to the body.

How many duck varieties are there?

Identifying the 12 Types of Ducks.

What is the most beautiful duck breed?

Gadwall, or “Grey” Duck..Wood Duck. ….Bluebill. ….Green- and Blue-Winged Teal. ….Black Duck. ….Canvasback. ….Northern Pintail. The northern pintail duck is prized for its beauty and elegance. ….Mallard. The mallard duck is known to be loud, aggressive and talkative. …

This page contains over 100 types of Duck Species from around the world. The pictures are useful for quickly identifying an unknown duck. These ducks are also grouped under the following:- Dabbling Ducks, Diving Ducks, Perching Ducks, Stiff-tail Ducks, Sea Ducks, Shelducks, and Whistling Ducks.

Radjah Shelduck (Tadorna Radjah)Photo: Dave Key Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna Ferruginea)Photo: Dave Key South African Shelduck (Tadorna Cana)Photo: Dave Key Black-bellied Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna Autumnalis)Photo: Dave Key Fulvous Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna Bicolor)Photo: Dave Key Lesser Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna Javanica)Photo: Dave Key Plumed Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna Eytoni)Photo: Dave Key Wandering Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna Arcuata)Photo: Dave Key West Indian Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna Arborea)Photo: Dave Key White-faced Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna Viduata)Photo: Dave Key Spotted Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna Guttata)Photo: Dave Key Steamer Duck (Tachyeres Brachypterus) Wikimedia Commons Torrent Duck (Merganetta Armata) Image: Wikimedia Commons Pink-eared Duck (Malacorhynchus Membranaceus) Wikimedia Commons Patagonian Crested Duck (Lophonetta Specularioides Specularioides)Photo: Dave Key Freckled Duck (Stictonetta Naevosa)Photo: Nigel Key White-backed Duck (Thalassornis Leuconotus)Photo: Dave Key Black-headed Duck (Heteronetta Atricapilla)Photo: Dave Key Masked Duck (Nomonyx Dominicus) Wikimedia Commons White-winged Duck (Asarcornis Scutulata)Photo: Dave Key

The Redhead (Aythya americana) is a medium-sized diving duck. The adult male has a blue bill, a red head and neck, a black breast, and yellow eyes. The adult female has a brown head and body and a darker bluish bill with a black tip. The breeding habitat is marshes and prairie potholes in western North America.

Duck pictures

301 Pins2yCollection byDoug Meharry