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Dabbling Ducks

Includes a number of species of ducks.

Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge lies in the heart of the Mississippi flyway where hundreds of thousands of dabbling ducks pass through.  Dabblers include the ducks that tip their tail in the air as they submerge their head in the water to forage on insects, plant seeds and tubers in the muddy bottoms of the wetlands. 

Mallard (pictured above), Northern pintail, Northern shoveler, American wigeon, blue-winged teal, green-winged teal, gadwall, black ducks and others are included in this classification of ducks. During migration, the mallard generally outnumbers ALL other dabbling ducks counted at Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge by three to one.

Facts About Dabbling Ducks


insects, plant seeds and tubers  


Last Updated: Jan 15, 2013
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