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AMERICAN BLACK DUCK
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Anas rubripes
POPULATION: About 1 million
HABITAT: Breeds in a variety of fresh and brackish wetlands; winters in coastal salt marshes and inland wetland habitats.
The American Black Duck isn’t actually black. A closer look reveals that its plumage is a medley of dark brown, beige, and tan that gives it the folk name “Dusky Duck.”