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Birds of Cuba, Vagrant Visitors, Introduced Birds and Possibilities



Swan, Geese, Ducks, Teals, Grebes and Mergansers

Anatidae & Podicipedidae

Lives, Habitats & Pictures of the Waterfowl

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Two Mute Swans on the shores of
Lake Claire, Ontario, Canada

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

There is one swan seen in Cuba. 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 Cuba. There are at least three types of geese seen on the Island. There are farm geese also, that were introduced, the Graylag Goose and the large White Goose sometimes known as the Chinese Goose.

There are many types of ducks that are native migrants or have been introduced and settled in Cuba. Some of these birds remain in areas 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 the Caribbean Islands every winter.

The mergansers are the smallest group with only two types and lastly the grebes which are the smallest birds in the waterfowl group. There are twon types of grebes seen in Cuba.

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Classic Collection of North American Birds