Delaware Hunter Safety Education Course

 

Puddle Ducks

Puddle Ducks are found in shallow marshes, ponds and lakes. They feed by dabbling in shallow waters, and take off by springing into the air quickly. These ducks have adapted to easily walk on land, so they can sometimes be found feeding in fields or grasslands.

Diving Ducks in Delaware

Mallard

Mallard
  • One of the most easily-recognized ducks.
  • One of the most abundant ducks in the world, including North America, Europe and Asia.
  • Length is up to 25 inches.
  • Weight is up to 3.5 lb.
 

Pintail

Pintail
  • More slender and longer neck than the mallard.
  • Common throughout the US, however predominately found in the Western states.
  • Found on calm freshwater ponds, tundra, occasionally on saltwater marshes in the wintertime.
  • Length is up to 29 inches.
  • Weight up to 3.5 lb.
 
 

Gadwall

Gadwall
  • Maximum length approx. 23 in.
  • Weight is up to 3 lb.
  • Has intricate feather pattern when observed close-up.
 

Wigeon

Wigeon
  • Maximum length is approx 24 inches. 
  • Is found throughout the US, parts of Mexico and the northern-most parts of South America.
  • Is also known as the "baldplate" duck.
 
 

Shoveler

Shoveler
  • Maximum length is about 22 inches.
  • Bill is long (up tp 2.5 inches) and is wider at the tip than at the base.
 

Blue-Winged Teal

Blue-Winged Teal
  • Small duck, maximum length is about 16 inches.
  • Found predominately in shallow ponds.
  • One of the latest to migrate north in the spring, and one of the first to migrate south in the fall.
 
 

Green-Winged Teal

Green-Winged Teal
  • A very small duck, its maximum length is about 15 inches.
  • Wingspan can reach up to 23 inches.
  • Generally found in shallow ponds with emergent vegetation.
 

Wood Duck

Wood Duck
  • Generally 18 - 22 inches long.
  • A very colorful duck with a distinct crest on the head.
  • One of the few waterfowl species that nests in trees.
  • Second most popular game bird in North America.
 
 

Black Duck

Black Duck
  • Maximum length is about 24 inches.
  • Mainly found in the eastern flyways.
  • Species numbers on the rise due to conservation efforts in the US and Canada.
 
 
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