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Ross Silcock, Tanya Bray, and Babs Padelford, “Mottled Duck in Nebraska,” from Nebraska Bird Review (June 1986) 54(2).


Copyright 1986 Nebraska Ornithologists’ Union. Used by permission.


The two major US populations of Mottled Duck occur in Florida and along the Gulf Coast in Louisiana and Texas, with local breeding inland to “southeast Colorado, western Kansas, Oklahoma (rarely), and northeast Texas” (AOU Checklist of North American Birds, Sixth Edition, 1983). Palmer (Handbook of North American Birds, Vol. 2, 1976) notes that Mottled Duck bred in 1963 at Cheyenne Bottoms, Kansas, and that some individuals occur inland beyond the usual breeding range during the post-breeding period. Presumably these inland. records pertain to birds from the Texas-Louisiana population, as the Florida birds are generally considered nonmigratory. Thus the occurrence of Mottled Duck in Nebraska is a possibility, especially in the fall.