French: Canard d’Amérique German: Kanadapfeifente Spanish: Silbón americano
J. F. Gmelin
Louisiana and New York, USA
NW to CE North America and S as far as NE California and N Colorado. Winters S to N South America, Hawaii, West Indies.
45–56 cm; male 318–1134 g, female 408–1043 g; wingspan 76–89 cm. Compared to M. penelope, present species typically has longer bill, neck and... read more
Comparatively vocal, but vocalizations generally weaker and more trisyllabic (less disyllabic) than... read more
Freshwater swamps, pools and shallow lakes (typically of 0·2–0·4 ha) surrounded... read more
Food and feeding
Grasses, sedges, herbs and greener parts of crops and aquatic plants; some invertebrates, which have been calculated to comprise just c. 1... read more
Starts Apr/May, with egg laying starting in May. Monogamous; pair-bonds probably start to form in winter quarters, even as early as Nov (... read more
Winters mostly along Atlantic and Pacific coasts of North America and inland S to Panama, as well... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Abundant, with large population estimated at over 6,500,000 in early autumn during mid 1970s in North America; annual aerial surveys... read more
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