Breeding male © Dorian Anderson eBird S65713346 Macaulay Library ML 215033981
Female © Dorian Anderson
Breeding male and female © Kathryn Keith
Breeding male and female © Darlene Friedman
Nonbreeding male © Mark R Johnson
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Breeding male © Suzanne Labbé
Breeding male © Naseem Reza
Breeding male © Jack McDonald
Female and chick © James Nelson
Breeding male and female © Jay McGowan

Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris

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A relatively small diving duck with a tall peaked crown. Males are handsome with glossy black head and back, clean gray sides, and a brighter white spur on the side. Females are grayish-brown, often with a paler patch at the base of the bill and a white eyering. Both sexes have a white band near the tip of gray bill. Also note gray, not white, wingstripe in flight. Usually favors small bodies of water, such as beaver ponds and cattail marshes, but also occurs on larger lakes, rivers, and bays. Can be found in mixed flocks with other diving ducks, although usually in smaller numbers than scaup. Compare with both species of scaup and Redhead (especially females).