Ring-necked Duck

Aythya collaris

A pair of Ring-necked Ducks
Photo courtesy of Jack Frazier

One of the North American diving ducks, the Ring-neck is easily recognized by the crown at the back of the head, its short compact body and its distinctive bill bands. The ring that it is named for is not so conspicuous, being reddish-brown. These are sociable ducks that frequent inland bodies of freshwater.

Nests are usually in floating vegetation or on small islands. A normal clutch consists of 6-10 eggs, which are incubated for 24-26 days.


Another shot of the same pair
Photo courtesy of Jack Frazier

Still another shot of the pair of Ring-necked Ducks on someone's pool
Photo courtesy of Jack Frazier


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