Ring-necked Duck

Aythya collaris
Ring-necked ducks have a brown neck ring and a white ring on the bill/Photo Courtesy of Dr. Madeline Kalbach

The Ring-necked duck is an uncommon migrant seen mainly during spring and fall migrations in freshwater, marshes and the swamps of the Refuge. It forages for worms, mollusks, insects, and crustaceans by diving.  A better name for this duck might be the ring-billed duck because its dark chestnut colored collar is difficult to see unless one is very close to the bird, but the white rings on the bill are prominent field marks. One ring is at the base of the bill, while the other is at the end next to the black tip.  The male’s bright white shoulder is also a good field mark.

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Facts About Ring-necked Duck

High round-peaked crown

Neck ring is a dark brown collar at the base of the neck

Blue-Gray bill has two white rings