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American Black Duck

About American Black Duck

This is a northeastern species on the American continent. It is the most numerous in coastal salt marshes where few other ducks are found.

The male and female are structurally identical to that of the Mallard. The two species are often found in mixed flocks.

The male’s body is blackish with a dark crown, a contrasting tan face and yellow-olive bill. The female is like the male but the body is slightly paler with duller olive bill.

The call of the American Black Duck is like the Mallard, but slightly lower and harsher.

It is a locally common bird. They breed and nest in a large variety of wetlands.

The population of the American Black Duck is in serious decline; they are being replaced by Mallards in deforested portions of its range, and overhunting in past decades are primary causes.