Ducks of the World
We are always amazed when surfing the net and stumble on pictures of duck species from around the world, especially those in the Northern hemisphere. Below is a list of some of the most beautiful and rare ducks found all over the world.
Mergansers: Here is info and pictures of the Common Merganser or Goosander as it is called in Europe (Mergus merganser) and here is more info of the Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus). This specie is found in South Africa but is not easily available. You will probably be able to buy them from some specialist breeders.
Lessor Scaup (Aythya affinis): There are 3 sub species – the Greater Scaup, the Lessor Scaup and the New Zealand Scaup. Here is info and pictures of the Scaup. They are very scarce and expensive
Smew (Mergellus albellus): Another beautful duck is the Smew. We have never seen these ducks in a collection in South Africa.
Baikal Teal (Anas Formosa): Here is one of our favorite ducks. The Baikal Teal Some are bred in captivity.
Tufted duck (Aythya fuligula): The Tufted duck is one that we still want to get for our collection. They are seen in South African collections but are not that common.
Blue Winged Teal (Anas discors): The Blue Winged Teal is a beautiful duck and the the male has an eclipse plumage and only comes back into color during breeding season.
Green Winged Teal (Anas Carolinensis): Another amazingly beautiful duck. The male has an eclipse plumage and only comes back into colour during breeding season. The Green Winged Teal is just absolutely beautiful!
Harlequin (Histrionicus histrionicus): A beautiful rare and expensive duck to have in your collection is the Harlequin Duck. Absolutely astoundingly beautiful!