American Black Duck Identification

The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    American Black Ducks are large ducks with a profile nearly identical to Mallards. They have rounded heads, thick bills, and bulky bodies. Like other dabbling ducks they sit high in the water with their tails high.

    Relative Size

    About the same size as a Mallard; slightly larger than a Gadwall.

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    Measurements
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 21.3-23.2 in (54-59 cm)
      • Weight: 25.4-57.9 oz (720-1640 g)
      • Wingspan: 34.6-37.4 in (88-95 cm)