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This volume, the fourth in a series of books that collectively update and expand P. A. Johnsgard’s 1975 The Waterfowl of North America, summarizes research findings on this economically and ecologically important group of waterfowl. The volume includes the mostly tropical perching duck tribe Cairinini, of which two species, the muscovy duck and the wood duck, are representatives. Both species are adapted for foraging on the water surface, mostly on plant materials, but typically perch in trees and nest in elevated tree cavities or other elevated recesses. This volume also includes the dabbling, or surface-feeding, duck tribe Anatini, a large assemblage of duck species that mainly forage on the water surface but nest on the ground, or only very rarely in elevated locations. Of this tribe, 12 species that regularly breed in North America are included, among them such familiar species as mallards, wigeons, pintails, and teal. Descriptive accounts of the distributions, populations, ecologies, social-sexual behaviors, and breeding biology of all these species are provided, together with distribution maps. Five additional Eurasian and West Indian species have been reported several times in North America; these have been included with more abbreviated accounts, but all 17 species are illustrated by drawings, photographs, or both. The text includes about 84,000 words and contains more than 1,000 references. There are also 12 distribution maps, 21 drawings, 28 photographic plates, and 58 anatomical or behavioral sketches.

doi: 10.13014/K27H1GGV


ISBN 978-1-60962-109-4

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Zea Books


Lincoln, Nebraska


Cairinini, Anatini, muscovy duck, wood duck, mallards, wigeons, pintails, teal


Animal Sciences | Ecology and Evolutionary Biology | Ornithology | Poultry or Avian Science | Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecology


Text, photographs, and illustrations copyright © 2017 Paul A. Johnsgard

The North American Perching and Dabbling Ducks: Their Biology and Behavior