Funny Duck with the Blue Bill

March 8, 2014 at 11:53 am (Birds- Florida, Great Florida Birding Trail, Nature, Wildlife, Zoos) (, , )

Male Ruddy Duck

Male Ruddy Duck

The ruddy duck is a somewhat comical-looking bird, albeit a very handsome one.  The big blue bill of the male in breeding finery doesn’t match the ruddy body feathers.  Even the Cornell Lab of Ornithology website calls breeding males “cartoonishly bold.”

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This photograph doesn’t show the long stiff tail held at a 45 degree angle which helps identify this bird from a distance.

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This duck lives at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm, but the species winters in the southern United States, and breeds in the Prairie Potholes region of the United States and Canada.

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Cute as a button!

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