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A Ruddy Duck Takes Flight

Posted March 27, 2014.

Featured photo courtesy of Miguel Palaviccini. Smaller image of male by Neil Mishler/USFWS.

A ruddy duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) shows off her wing span. We can tell the duck in this photo is female because of her black beak and brown-gray feathers.

Ruddy ducks display sexual dimorphism--males and females have different appearances. Usually these differences involve size or coloration. For instance, during the summer period, the male ruddy duck has a bright blue bill, brilliant white cheeks and brown-reddish feathers. These brighter colors are used to attract females during breeding season.

caption:Male Ruddy Duck by Neil Mishler/USFWSRuddy ducks live in marshes, ponds, and lakes throughout North America and down to the Andes of South America. Tingley Beach is a great place to view these beauties as well as geese and other waterfowl.

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