Falcated Duck

Anas falcata

Order

ANSERIFORMES

Family

Ducks, Geese and Swans (Anatidae)

Code 4

FADU

Code 6

ANAFAL

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Near Threatened

The Falcated Duck is evaluated as Near Threatened. This evaluation was given as a result of population declines that have occurred in China. In other areas it is now believed that the Falcated Duck may be more prevalent. This bird is native to Asia, including Japan, China and Mongolia. The population is currently estimated at about 35,000. The most serious concerns regarding the Falcated Duck remain in southern China. It is believed to be extinct in Iran. The Falcated Duck has been seen in parts of Europe as well as in the United States.

IBIRD EXPLORER GENERAL

PHOTO SHARING AND DISCUSSION

BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

SUMMARY

Overview

Falcated Duck: Medium dabbling duck with long black and white tertial feathers extending over black rump. Body white, black, gray in finely-scaled pattern. The crested iridescent head is green and purple-brown. White throat has black ring; black tail and black-green speculum are edged in white.

 

Range and Habitat

Falcated Duck: Breeds and winters in southeastern Asia but strongly migratory. Birds seen in North America beyond Alaska may be escaped captives from private collections or wild birds. Favors wetlands, lakes, ponds, rivers, estuaries, and marshes. Near-threatened in the wild. Most U.S. sightings occur between Pacific and Californian coasts, Baja peninsula, Mexico, India, and Canada.

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Falcated Duck SONGS AND CALLS

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"whew- whew", "tsooh, tsooh"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Falcated Duck was once known as the Falcated Teal.
  • It is widely recorded well outside its normal range, but the popularity of this beautiful duck in captivity clouds the origins of these extralimital birds.
  • A group of ducks has many collective nouns, including a "brace", "flush", "paddling", "raft", and "team" of ducks.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Mary Beth Geisel

Artist

Samira Belous

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BACKYARD BIRDING

BIRDS AND BIRDING

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RumpX
The area between the uppertail coverts and the back of the bird.
SpeculumX
The brightly colored area on the wing (secondaries of the wing) on several duck species.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X