The adventurous harlequin duck thrives in turbulent waters, diving for invertebrates. Its males display a striking plumage pattern. They gather in flocks along rocky coastlines.
The king eider, an Arctic duck, has a distinctive yellow knob on its beak. It dives deep to feed on crustaceans and mollusks. Males showcase their knob while swimming.
The long-tailed duck is a deep-diving sea duck that forages underwater. Males have long tail feathers. They are found in marine waters and freshwater lakes.
The mandarin duck is a colorful perching duck native to East Asia, now found in other regions. It nests in trees and has unique parenting behavior.
The hooded merganser is a small duck with a collapsible crest and distinctive markings. Males perform elaborate displays to impress females.
The pink-eared duck from Australia has a unique square-ended bill for filter feeding. It submerges its bill in water to scoop up microscopic organisms.
The smew duck is a striking bird with white plumage, black accents, and panda-like eye markings. It nests in tree crevices and can be found in Europe, Asia, and Alaska.
The spectacled eider is a stunning bird found in coastal Alaska and Siberia. Males have distinctive eye markings and vibrant orange bills. Population decline in western Alaska is a concern.
The surf scoter is a distinctive seabird with black-and-white markings. It can be found in coastal waters of North America, diving for prey. Females migrate to molt their flight feathers.
White-faced whistling ducks stand out with their unique three-note whistling call. They inhabit wetlands in Africa and Madagascar, and are known to perch in trees.