My adventures in the woods, streams, rivers, fields, and lakes of Michigan

Ducks, Geese, and Swans


Ducks, Geese, and Swans

Order: Anseriformes Family: Anatidae
The family Anatidae includes the ducks and most duck-like waterfowl, such as geese and swan. These are birds that are modified for an aquatic existence with webbed feet, bills which are flattened to a greater or lesser extent, and feathers that are excellent at shedding water due to special oils. There are 37 Michigan species. (I) Denotes an introduced species.

American Black Duck, Anas rubripes

American Wigeon, Anas americana

Barrow’s Goldeneye, Bucephala islandica

Black Scoter, Melanitta americana

Blue-winged Teal, Anas discors

Brant, Branta bernicla

Bufflehead, Bucephala albeola

Cackling Goose, Branta hutchinsii

Canada Goose, Branta canadensis

Canvasback, Aythya valisineria

Common Goldeneye, Bucephala clangula

Common Merganser, Mergus merganser

Eurasian Wigeon, Anas penelope

Gadwall, Anas strepera

Greater Scaup, Aythya marila

Greater White-fronted Goose, Anser albifrons

Green-winged Teal, Anas crecca

Harlequin Duck, Histrionicus histrionicus

Hooded Merganser, Lophodytes cucullatus

King Eider, Somateria spectabilis

Lesser Scaup, Aythya affinis

Long-tailed Duck, Clangula hyemalis

Mallard, Anas platyrhynchos

Mute Swan, Cygnus olor (I)

Northern Pintail, Anas acuta

Northern Shoveler, Anas clypeata

Red-breasted Merganser, Mergus serrator

Redhead, Aythya americana

Ring-necked Duck, Aythya collaris

Ross’s Goose, Chen rossii

Ruddy Duck, Oxyura jamaicensis

Snow Goose, Chen caerulescens

Surf Scoter, Melanitta perspicillata

Trumpeter Swan, Cygnus buccinator

Tundra Swan, Cygnus columbianus

White-winged Scoter, Melanitta fusca

Wood Duck, Aix sponsa

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