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Birds of North America, Vagrant Visitors, Introduced Birds and Possibilities



Swans, Geese, Ducks, Teals, Scoters, Eiders Grebes and Mergansers

Anatidae & Podicipedidae

Lives, Habitats & Pictures of the Waterfowl

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Types of Waterfowl include: swans, geese, ducks, teals and mergansers. All these birds have webbed feet. Also included are the grebes that have lobed feet. There are over sixty species in the waterfowl group.

There are three types of swans living in North America. These are the largest waterfowl on the continent. Not included in the above mentioned is the Black Swan that is an exotic bird and is sometimes seen in local city parks or waterways.

The goose is the second largest bird found in North America. There are at least seven types of geese native to the continent. There are at least two farm geese that were introduced, the Graylag Goose and the Swan Goose, sometimes known as the Chinese Goose. The Bar-headed Goose is one of a few vagrant geese that visits the North American continent from time to time.

There are at least thirty-six types of ducks that are native or have been introduced and settled in North America. Some of these birds remain in local states and do not migrate, although they do slowly expand into adjacent regions. While other ducks fly into the northern regions of Canada and Alaska every Spring to nest and then return to the southern states and into Mexico every winter.

The mergansers are the smallest group with only three types and lastly the grebes which are the smallest birds in the waterfowl group. There are seven types of grebes in North America.

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References to Other Bird Sites:

Avibase - the world bird database

ABA - American Birding Association

AOS - The American Ornitholgy Society

ABC - American Bird Conservancy

eBird - TheCornellLab of Ornithology

NA - National Geographic

NAC - National Audubon Society

Classic Collection of North American Birds