When most people think of ducks, they imagine a mallard or something similar they’ve seen. Some people know, though, that there are actually many different types of ducks. Though they all belong to the Anatidae family, the family of ducks has such diversity that you can group them into even smaller divisions by their common characteristics.
These types of sea-ducks are found in very northern, Arctic habitats. Unfortunately, they’ve been hunted quite a bit for their feathers, but fortunately, they are currently protected by strong conservation laws. Some Eider species are steller’s and king eider.
Stifftail ducks have stiff tails and are diving ducks. They have compact bodies and colorful bills. Some species are the masked duck, ruddy duck, and the blue-billed duck.
Teals are dabbling ducks and typically have bright, distinctive plumage. They prefer to eat along the surface of the water, rather than tipping up, but they do tip up occasionally. Species include the blue-winged, silver teal, cinnamon, and green-winged.
These ducks have long legs and necks, unlike the typical duck, and can often be mistaken for small geese. Their named for their shrill whistling calls, which can be heard for long distances and are known to be confused for other animals. Some whistling-duck species are the fulvous, black-bellied, and white-faced whistling-ducks.