Mottled Duck

Mottled ducks are a species rarely found on the Gulf Coast. They breed in small numbers in Mississippi, according to BBS surveys.

This species is easy to confuse with female mallards and black ducks. A yellow bill, dark eye line, and dark cap are among the field marks that separate mottled ducks from other species. Perhaps the easiest way in breeding season to tell these species apart is when you have two "female mallards" acting as breeding pair, you should take a longer look.

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