A Ruddy Duck Takes Flight
Posted March 27, 2014.
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.
Ruddy 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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