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Falcated Duck

Anas falcata


From same family as the Gadwall and Wigeon. Found mostly in Asia and Eastern Russian. This male duck is a recurring winter vagrant to a wildlife refuge in California.
Large head with bright green sheen and dark brown on face and chestnut streak over the top of the head. Back of the head the feathers go to a point. White throat and black ring on neck. Fine gray pattern on chest and flanks. Black rear with white patch and one on gray area near rear. Green rump and long gray feathers on wings. Bill is narrow and thin almost similar to a Merganser.


This duck has been spotted almost yearly at the Colusa Wildlife Refuge in the protected side of the refuge in flooded area.


Found most with both American and Eurasian Wigeons, Northern Pintails, Greater White-fronted Geese and Gadwalls.

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California, USA

Spotted on Dec 6, 2014
Submitted on Dec 10, 2014

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