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Mexican Ducks

Canards mexicains

Anatidae

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There have been approximately a half dozen non-native ducks from Mexico, Central and South America, along with the Caribbean Islands, that have been reported seen on the North American continent. Along with these non-native ducks, there are also other ducks from the southern countries that have been seen, but they may have escaped captivity from wildlife centres or private breeders.

mexican ducks

Among these different types, the birds can be grouped again into puddle, aka "dabbling" and diving ducks. The dabblers mostly feed in smaller bodies of shallow water or along shorelines, where they are able to tip their bodies forward to reach their food on the bottom. There are divers who feed in deeper water where they dive and pursue their quarry. Some of these birds, such as the Harlequin Duck, actually dive to the bottom of fast-flowing waters and feed on life forms attached to rocks.

Click on the bird names listed below to see pictures of the Mexican and other non-native Ducks that have been seen in North America

References to Other Bird Sites:

Avibase - the world bird database This site provides the user with a complete list of bird species, broken down per country, or in the example of the US or Canada, per state and province. Here, bird species names are available in other languages, a great asset to be used as a translation of foreign bird names.

ABA - American Birding Association This site represents an organization that maintains official records of all birds species that have been proven to have been seen inside the perimeters of the North American Continent and the surrounding bodies of water. Regular revised versions are posted to keep the bird list current at all times. This is the list used by all serious birders over their lifetime. You may be aware of the movie called the "Big Year". It was with this list that all the competing birders used in an attempt to set a new record as to how many bird species that could be seen by an individual birder in one calendar year.

I hope you will take advantage of these suggested websites. I have used each of them, in one way or another, throughout the years in my quest to better identify and understand our fine feathered friends.


Classic Collection of North American Birds

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