Masked Duck

Nomonyx dominicus

Order

ANSERIFORMES

Family

Ducks, Geese and Swans (Anatidae)

Code 4

MADU

Code 6

NOMDOM

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Masked Duck has a large range, estimated globally at 8,400,000 square kilometers. Native to the Americas and nearby island nations, this bird prefers wetland and forest ecosystems. The global population of this bird has not been precisely determined, but does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Masked Duck is Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Masked Duck: Small stifftail duck with black-tipped blue bill and black mask with thin white eye-ring. Body is rufous-brown with black streaks on the back and sides; white wing patches are visible in flight. Feeds on aquatic plants, insects and crustaceans. Direct flight with rapid wing beats.


Range and Habitat

Masked Duck: Found primarily in the tropics and neotropics with populations throughout Mexico. Strays to Texas where it has bred. Multiple records for Louisiana and Florida, single records for several other eastern U.S. states. Inhabits marshy ponds with heavy vegetation, often found in rice fields.

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Masked Duck SONGS AND CALLS

Masked Duck EEE1

"Kee" calls from an individual.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"kirri, kirroo, kirri, kirroo, kirroo, kirroo, kirrrr"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Masked Duck was first described in 1766 by Carolus Linnaeus, Swedish botanist, physician and zoologist.
  • These ducks are usually very secretive.
  • 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

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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