Anas rubripes

Common Names: American black duck
Category: Birds
Sub-category: Ducks, Geese, & Swans

American Black ducks are similar to mallards in size, and resemble the female mallard in coloration, although the black duck's plumage is darker. The male and female black duck are generally similar in appearance, but the male's bill is yellow while the females is a dull green. The head is slightly lighter brown than the dark brown body, and the speculum are iridescent violet-blue with predominantly black margins. The black duck has orange legs and dark eyes. In flight, the white underwings can be seen in contrast to the dark brown body. The behavior and voice are the same as for Mallard drake. Black Ducks interbreed regularly and extensively with Mallard ducks, to which they are closely related.

In Connecticut, they are typically found on ponds, lakes, and along the shoreline, often mixed with mallard ducks, though the two species often keep a distance from each other.


Edible Notes: Duck meat is edible. Farm-raised domestic duck is commonly available in supermarkets in Connecticut and is a good alternative. Duck meat (domestic) is a common dish in Asian restaurants, especially Thai cuisine.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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