Ring-necked Duck

Aythya collaris

Ring-necked Duck drakes have a barely visible brown ring at the base of the neck and a more noticeable white ring near the end of their gray bill. The head, breast, tail and back are black while the sides are white. The white triangle in front of the wing is visible from a distance. The hen has tan sides, a brown back and a less prominent ring on its bill.

Length: 17"
Weight: 2 1/2 lbs.

illustration of ringneck hen and eclipse drake

Similar in appearance to scaups, but more often found in fresh marshes and wooded ponds. In flight, the dark wings are different from the white-edged wings of scaup.

illustration of ringneck wings

illustration of ringneck drake

Fly as small flocks in open formation; often land without circling.

Ring-necked Duck
illustration of a typical ringneck flock pattern

illustration of ringneck in flightside view of ringneck in flight

Drakes purr; hens are usually silent.