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Ring-necked Duck Identification

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The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    A compact diving duck with a distinctive head shape—a sloping forehead and peaked rear crown. The crown flattens when they are diving. In flight, Ring-necked Ducks appear large-headed with a thin neck and a short, round body.

    Relative Size

    Smaller than a Mallard or Redhead; about the same size as Lesser Scaup.

    Relative Sizecrow sizedcrow-sized

    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 15.3-18.1 in (39-46 cm)
      • Weight: 17.3-32.1 oz (490-910 g)
      • Wingspan: 24.4-24.8 in (62-63 cm)