Content tagged with "waterfowl"

Photograph of a female Hooded Merganser swimming with chicks

Hooded Merganser (Female Swimming with Chicks)

The hooded merganser is a regular breeder in our state, and a cavity nester. The downy chicks leap from the nest to the forest floor the day after hatching.

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Photograph of a male Hooded Merganser swimming

Hooded Merganser (Male)

Adult male hooded mergansers have a black head, neck, and back. The black-margined white crest and chestnut flanks of the male are very distinct.

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Browse results of the 2010 statewide survey of 10,000 waterfowl hunters and findings from 16 workshops we conducted to involve hunters in the process of establishing Missouri 2011-2015 duck hunting seasons.

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This document illustrates plans to remove a straight bypass ditch and integrate a meandering slough through Pool 1 at Duck Creek CA.

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Dissection of a Mallard gizzard

Look what cropped up

As you are laying out in the marsh, watching clouds roll by, waiting for the next batch of ducks to come into sight, do you ever wonder what they are looking for?

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Mallards in flooded timber

Looking Good for Spring Break

Some turn their eyes south to the Gulf Coast as spring break approaches. However, in the waterfowl world, many birds are coming back from this region. Some of these birds may spend their “spring break” in a wetland near you.

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Photo of male and female mallards walking on ice


Anas platyrhynchos
The mallard is probably the most familiar duck in all of North America. The male has a green head and chestnut breast. Both sexes have a blue speculum (wing patch) bordered on both sides by white.

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Photo of mallard flock in wetlands

Mallard Flock In Wetlands

In Missouri, the mallard is a common migrant on lakes, rivers, ponds, and marshes. As a locally uncommon summer resident, they may nest along lakeshores and in marshes statewide. They are very common in winter, even during severely cold weather when most other waterfowl migrate farther south.

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Photo of mallard hen with chicks

Mallard Hen And Chicks

Upon hatching, mallard chicks are covered with down and can follow their mother around within a day. They, and similarly capable young of most other ground-nesting birds, are described as “precocial young.” They contrast greatly with the naked, helpless young of most tree-nesting birds.

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Photo of male mallard in flight

Mallard Male In Flight

The mallard is probably the most familiar duck in all of North America. The male has a green head and chestnut breast. Mallards can take flight directly from the water’s surface without needing a running start.

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