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Photo by Steve G
Polk County, Florida, July 2005
Anas fulvigula


Photo by Stanley Jones
Estero Llano Grande State Park, Weslaco, Hidalgo County, Texas, USA, October 2016

53–58 cm (20¾-22¾ in)

  • Dark body
  • Head and neck not as dark
  • Orange legs
  • Dark eyes
  • Teal blue wing patch
  • Bill
  • Yellow shaded to orange in male
  • Orange shaded to yellow in female


Juvenile, subspecies maculosa
Photo © by Stanley Jones
South Padre Island, Cameron County, Texas, USA April 2017

In North America present in the USA, Central America, Mexico



There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • A. f. fulvigula:
  • A. f. maculosa:


Frequents a variety of wetland habitat ranging from those more established to those resulting from seasonal rainfall.



An omnivorous and opportunistic feeder, they primarily gravitate toward invertebrates found in a wetland type environment, vegetable matter, smaller fish & shellfish, as well as insects.


Nest amongst vegetation on the ground.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Bielefeld, R. R., M. G. Brasher, T. E. Moorman, and P. N. Gray (2020). Mottled Duck (Anas fulvigula), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (A. F. Poole, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.motduc.01
  3. Lepage D. (2021) [Avibase - https://avibase.ca/697B933E ]. Retrieved 23 June 2021

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