Ducks, Water Birds and Game Birds

Want help identifying the ducks, swans, geese, water birds and game birds in your area? Browse species profiles and colorful pictures of these birds.

How to Identify a Trumpeter Swan

The well-named trumpeter swan is readily recognizable by its call. Learn where this recovering species can be found.

How to Identify a Green Heron

Find out what a green heron looks like, sounds like and where this wading bird lives, plus learn about its...


Canada Goose: Bird Facts and Identification

Learn what a Canada goose looks like and sounds like, if it's OK to feed Canada geese, and what to...


Meet the Marsh Birds That Live Among the Reeds

Discover seven types of North American marsh birds known for hiding among the lush vegetation of muddy wetlands.


7 Fascinating Wild Turkey Bird Facts You Should Know

Gobble up interesting tidbits about the wild turkey bird, including how fast wild turkeys can fly and if turkeys hold...

Are These Domestic Mallards or Wild Ducks?

If you spotted a duck with unique coloring it might be a domestic mallard. See what the birding experts say...


No Ordinary Duck: Meet the Northern Shoveler

This duck species is easy to identify once you spot its heavy bill. Northern shoveler ducks are dabblers, filter-feeding on...

How to Identify a Common Gallinule

Learn what a common gallinule looks like and where to find this water bird. Plus, find out what name the...


What Is That Black Duck With the White Beak?

The American coot looks like a black duck with a white beak, but it's actually a member of the rail...


How to Identify a Black-Bellied Whistling Duck

This black-bellied whistling duck is expanding its range north into the United States. See what these ducks look like and...


That’s Not a Duck: 7 Water Birds You Should Know

These seven species are all water birds, but not waterfowl. That term only applies to the duck family, including geese...

6 Amazing Facts About Common Loons

Get to know the water-loving common loon. Learn about this bird's habits, wingspan, what it eats, how fast it flies...


Meet the Mallard: The Most Common Duck in the World

Learn what male and female mallard ducks look like and sound like. Look for mallards on open water; they usually...


How to Identify a Wood Duck

If you live near water, put up a nest box and you may attract a wood duck to your yard....


20 Types of Ducks to Look for This Spring

Many ducks are already migrating toward their breeding grounds. Here are some of the types of ducks that you are...


6 Romantic and Fascinating Swan Facts

Learn swan facts, including what swans eat, why they're known as a symbol of love and how many swan species...

10 Egrets and Herons Found in North America

You probably know a great blue heron when you see it, but what about the green heron or snowy egret?...


Nene, Hawaii’s State Bird

A close relative of the Canada Goose, the Nene is the rarest of all the state birds and found only...


Muscovy Ducks

Bigger than mallards and unusual in appearance, Muscovy ducks are common in Florida and some cities in the U.S.


Duck Identification: Canvasback vs. Redhead

One of the most common duck identification questions I get is how to tell the difference between a Canvasback and...