Wildlife Damage Management, Internet Center for


Date of this Version

November 2005


Published by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Undated. Used by permission.


This document provides information on identifying the species of waterfowl by means of breastbone characteristics (i.e., in skeletal remains). It contains diagrams, measurements, and distinguishing characteristics for the following species: oldsquaw, ruddy duck, black scoter, surf scoter, white-winged scoter, common eider, king eider, harlequin duck, canvasback, greater scaup, lesser scaup, redhead duck, ring-necked duck, common merganser, red-breasted merganser, hooded merganser, common goldeneye, Barrow's goldeneye, bufflehead, Steller's eider, whistling duck, tree duck, black-bellied duck, fulvous duck, blue-winged teal, cinnamon teal, green-winged teal, black duck, gadwall, mallard, mottled duck, pintail, shoveler, bald pate widgeon, and wood duck. A useful document for forensic ornithology.