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|“Ring-necked Duck” is the name of this photo taken today in a pond in Mortier. This is my first time seeing these beautiful birds.Are they rare birds in these parts,southern Newfoundland?|
The most common diving duck to be found on small ponds in migration, the Ring-necked Duck is more easily recognized by the bold white ring around its bill than the subtle purplish one around its neck.
The Ring-necked Duck was first described in 1809 by Edward Donovan, an Anglo Irish writer and amateur zoologist.
This species might better be called the "Ring-billed Duck," for its chestnut neck ring is usually seen only at close range, while the white ring on the bill can be a prominent field mark.
Because it never gathers in large flocks it has not been hunted extensively like some of its relatives. A fast flier, it undertakes longer migrations than most other diving ducks.
A group of ducks has many collective nouns, including a "brace", "flush", "paddling", "raft", and "team" of ducks.
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