Mottled duck

There are two distinct populations of Mottled Ducks. One population, A. fulvigula maculosa , lives on the Gulf of Mexico coast between Alabama and Tamaulipas ; outside the breeding season individual birds may venture as far south as to Veracruz. The other, A. fulvigula fulvigula , is resident in central and south Florida and occasionally strays north to Georgia. The same disjunct distribution pattern was also historically found in the local Sandhill Cranes.

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The Mottled duck is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The Mottled Duck (Anas fulvigula) or Mottled Mallard is a medium-sized dabbling duck. It is intermediate in appearance between the female Mallard and the American Black Duck. It is closely related to those species, and is sometimes considered a subspecies of the former, but this is inappropriate (see systematics). There are two distinct populations of Mottled Ducks. One population, A. More

Along the Gulf of Mexico coast, the Mottled Duck is one of the most frequently banded waterfowel. This is due in part to the fact that it is mostly non-migratory. Approximately one out of every twenty mottled ducks is banded, making it an extremely prized and sought after bird among hunters. Mottled Duck Description: The adult Mottled Duck is 44–61 cm (17–24 in) long from head to tail. It has a dark body, lighter head and neck, orange legs and dark eyes. More

Mottled Duck Range MapView dynamic map of eBird sightings Field MarksHelp - * AdultPopOutZoom In Adult * © William L. Newton / CLO Similar Species - * Female Mallard has bold white borders to speculum, orange bill, whitish tail feathers, pale belly, and is paler overall. More

Bent Life History for the Mottled Duck - the common name and sub-species reflect the nomenclature in use at the time the description was written. MOTTLED DUCK ANAS FULVIGULA MACULOSA Sennett HABITS Mr. George B. Sennett (1889) first called attention to the characters which separated the ducks of the species Anas fulvigula which inhabit Louisiana and Texas from those found in Florida. More

Because mottled ducks are southern nesters, most immatures have replaced both tertials and greater tertial coverts at the time hunting occurs. Careful scrutiny, however, will usually reveal one or more faded coverts in this area. These are remnants of the immature plumage. Sexual identification is difficult. Wings of males are generally longer than those of females, but there is considerable overlap. More

The Mottled Duck can be mistaken for the American Black Duck and the hen Mallard. The Mottled Duck is lighter than the American Black Duck and its blue wing patches are rimmed with black rather than white as on the hen Mallard. The Mottled Duck is a southern species found in Florida, all along the entire Gulf Coast and the southern Atlantic coast. More

The Status of Mottled Duck (Anas fulvigula) in Arizona Richard E. Webster, P.O. Box 16412, Portal, AZ 85632; - Searching Cornell’s eBird for “Mexican Duck” (Anas platyrhynchos diazi) does not find it. If you enter “Mexican Duck” in the species search box of the online “Birds of North America” (BNA), you won’t find it, and you won’t be offered Mallard (A. platyrhynchos), which is where Mexican Duck is treated as a subspecies, A. p. diazi. More

these similar species, the Mottled Duck has the most restricted range, breeding mainly around the Gulf Coast, far south of either of its relatives. Appearance: The Mottled Duck is very similar in appearance to the American Black Duck and to the female Mallard, although it is slightly smaller than the latter, with a lighter head, and brighter cheeks and throat. The bird is brown overall, darker on the body than on the head and neck. More

The mottled duck (Anas fulvigula) is a non-migratory, close relative of the mallard (Anas platyrhynchos). The Florida mottled duck (Anas fulvigula fulvigula), often called the Florida duck or Florida mallard, is a unique subspecies found only in peninsular Florida, residing in both brackish and freshwater marshes. The Florida mottled duck spends its entire life within the state and has inhabited Florida for thousands of years. More

The Mottled Duck is a large dabbling duck very similar in appearance to the Mallard hen and American Black Duck. Identification Waterfowl Identification The Mottled Duck is a medium-large size duck. The sexes are nearly identical except that the female is slightly smaller. There is differential coloring of the adult bills and a differential chest/breast and neck pattern visible only when in hand. More

Both Florida's mottled duck and the mallard are part of a worldwide group of about 20 species of ducks that are so closely related that they collectively are called the "mallard complex." However, when mottled ducks and mallards come in contact during the breeding season they create hybrid offspring that are different from either parent. Florida's mottled duck, one of the few non-migratory ducks in North America, lives only in peninsular Florida. More

The Mottled Duck has a large range, estimated globally at 200,000 square kilometers. Native to the United States and Mexico, this bird prefers wetland and marine ecosystems, though it can live in areas of flooded agricultural land. The global population of this bird is estimated at 170,000 individuals and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Mottled Duck is Least Concern. More

were stopped, the Florida Mottled Ducks are in serious danger of being swept under by the tidal wave of feral Mallards... - Aerobird 15:41, 14 December 2006 (UTC) Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia. More

The adult Mottled Duck is 55 cm (15 inches) long. It has a dark body, lighter head and neck, orange legs and dark eyes. Both sexes have a shiny green-blue speculum (wing patch), which is not bordered with white as with the Mallard. Male and female are similar, but the male's bill is bright yellow, whereas the female's has a greenish yellow hue. The plumage is darker than in female Mallards, especially at the tail, and the bill is yellower. More

much of their bodies, the Mottled Ducks are well-known in the Sunshine State. In fact, the birds are so well-known they have been $1,250 unicover * Federal Duck Stamp RW67 (... More

The Mottled Duck is found in peninsular Florida and along the Gulf Coast from Alabama to Tampico, Mexico. It lives in freshwater ponds in Florida prairies, where it reaches its greatest densities in the grasslands of the southern part of the state, and in fresh to brackish non-tidal marsh ponds along the Gulf Coast. The species is a year-round resident within its range but may move in response to changing habitat conditions. More

Photo of Mottled Duck by Grady Allen, courtesy of Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission Photo by Grady Allen, courtesy of Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission For more information about Mottled Ducks, click photo to go to the Patuxent Bird ID InfoCenter Patuxent Home Biological Characteristics Species Anas fulvigua is 22 inches in length, with a wingspan of 30 inches, and a mass of approximately 1,000 grams (males typical greater than females) (Sibley, 2000) More

Home COLUMNS hunting columns Florida's Mottled Duck - Species on the Brink Florida's Mottled Duck - Species on the Brink - Attention: open in a new window. | Print | E-mail Written by Tony Young Sunday, 01 April 2007 00:00 out-of-the-woodsFlorida's Mottled Duck - Species on the Brink Well, I hope all you turkey hunters in the South Hunting Zone took a nice bird or two this year, as your season's coming to a close. More

Mottled ducks will crossbreed with mallard ducks and this has become a serious problem, which threatens the species’ existence. Some 30,000 to 40,000 mottled ducks live in Florida and biologists estimate that 7-12% of these now exhibit genetic evidence of hybridization. It is now illegal to release domesticated mallard ducks into the wild in Florida. More

reduction on mottled ducks, citing a need for additional conservation based on estimated population declines resulting from major storms in recent years and slow habitat recovery due to extended drought conditions. While Louisiana will be trimming its daily bag limit on mottled ducks from three birds to one to meet its 20 percent reduction in harvest, Texas can achieve the same goal with a five-day delay at the start of the season. More

The Mottled Duck is very similar in appearance to the American Black Duck and to the female Mallard, although it is slightly smaller than the latter, with a lighter head, and brighter cheeks and throat. The bird is brown overall, darker on the body than on the head and neck. Males and females are almost identical, with males slightly darker. Its Latin name, fulvigula, means "tawny throat." Adults' bills are olive to yellow, and their legs are orange. More

“We need more hunters to turn in mottled duck band information,” said Tucker Slack with the J.D. Murphree WMA. “If you shoot a mottled duck with a band, please call the number on the band and turn in the data, because that gives us good information about them.” I personally know hunters who have balked at turning in mottled duck bands in the past because they assumed they were banded nearby. More

The Mottled Duck, a southern relative of the American Black Duck (Anas rubripes) and Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), inhabits peninsular Florida and coastal marshes along the Gulf of Mexico from Alabama west and south to Tampico, Mexico. This is a dabbling species that prefers freshwater prairie ponds in Florida and brackish marsh ponds along the Gulf Coast. Although probably the least gregarious of North American Anatini, large flocks of Mottled Ducks often gather in harvested rice fields after breeding. More

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Order : Anseriformes
Family : Anatidae
Genus : Anas
Species : fulvigula
Authority : Ridgway, 1874