There are very many kinds of ducks existing across the globe today. Some are indigenous while others are hybrids which have been due to genetic engineering. Their sub family is called the Anatinae. It’s one sub-family which is very diverse and has very many members. Besides these, they can also be classified as those that have been domesticated or as the wild ducks. Various kinds of ducks share very many traits which include the nature of the beak, the coating, size of the body, eating habits and the nature of the feet.
In most instances, male ducks are always characterized with very bright plumage as compared to the female ones. Furthermore, male ducks a can also be distinguished with their voice. In this particular article we’ll discuss just a few species of ducks as there are more than 500 species. Examples include:
The South African Black Duck
These kinds of ducks are scientifically referred to as the Anas sparsa sparsa. They are black in color with some few white spots distributed randomly on the body. The female are smaller than the male and are not stubborn. They are majorly found in Africa just as the name suggests and they lay about five to twelve eggs which can always hatch successfully with an incubation period of almost twenty eight days.
The American Black
Their scientific name is Anas rubripes. These kinds of ducks are mostly found in the United States of America with both the female and the male being dark black-brown in color. They have a hatching period of approximately 28 days and they can successfully hatch between ten to twelve eggs. Although the male and the female are very similar, they can either be distinguished through their body size as the male have a relatively larger body size as compared to the female or through their beaks where the male have possess a greener bill.
Its scientific name is Cairina moschata. The male and female are almost similar although the male are larger just as the other the other kinds of ducks and they have red to pink wart-like structure around the face region. They are widely found in Mexico, South America and they have a longer incubation period as compared to the two species mentioned above which is about 35 days. They can successfully hatch about 9 to 15 eggs.
The Northern Pintail
These kinds of ducks are mostly common in Europe, Northern USA, Canada and northern Asia. They lay about 8 eggs which are greenish in color with an incubation period of 23 days. The male and female are completely different; the female have light-brown neck and head. In fact, they resemble the mallard female. On the other hand, the male is a multicolored duck with white breasts, gray side and a chocolate-brown head. They are also distinguished with their pointed tail.
The Mallard Ducks
They can be identified with their unique eggs which are about 11 in number and are always buffish-green with a hatching period of about 28 days. The coating of both male and female are completely different. The male have a purplish-brown breast which is separated from both the metallic-green neck and head by a very white stripe which forms kind of a ring. On the other hand the female have a pale eye-brow, dark stripe around the eye and are buffy-brown in color.