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Ring-necked Duck - (Aythya collaris) 


  • Medium-size diving duck
  • Peaked head, white ring near end of bill
  • Male has dark purplish head, dark chest, back, and tail, grey sides with white spur near darker breast, thin white line around base of upper part of bill
  • Female generally brownish, darker above white eye ring and white area at sides of bill
  • 17" (43 cm.)


  • Northern lakes and ponds

Additional Information

  • Common migrant in KVR
  • Feeds by diving for food items, including
         snails, clams and tubers
  • Named for an inconspicuous field mark
    -- a subtle chestnut ring around the dark neck

Close Up photo of a ring-necked duck

Female Ring-necked Duck in water

Male Ring-necked Duck in flight

Kickapoo Valley Reserve | S3661 State Highway 131 | La Farge, Wisconsin 54639 
Phone: 608-625-2960 | FAX: 608-625-2962

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