Dabbling Ducks (Anas)


The Anatinae is a subfamily of the family Anatidae (swans, geese and ducks). Its surviving members are the dabbling ducks, which feed mainly at the surface rather than by diving.

This group of ducks is so named because its members feed mainly on vegetable matter by upending on the water surface, or grazing, and only rarely dive. These are mostly gregarious ducks of freshwater or estuaries. These birds are strong fliers and northern species are highly migratory. Compared to other types of duck, their legs are placed more towards the centre of their bodies. They walk well on land, and some species feed terrestrially.

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Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) Photo Peter Drury

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

Pintail (Anas acuta) Photo Peter Drury

Pintail (Anas acuta)

 Shoveler (Anas clypeata) Photo Peter Drury

Shoveler (Anas clypeata)

Teal (Anas crecca)

Teal (Anas crecca)

Widgeon (Anas penelope) Photo Peter Drury

Widgeon (Anas penelope)

Gadwall (Anas strepera) Photo Peter Drury

Gadwall (Anas strepera)