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Name:Mottled Duck
Family:Dabbling Ducks
Scientific Name: Anas fulvigula
Description:Drakes and hens are light brown all over, like a pale American black duck or dark mallard hen, with tan heads and dull yellow-orange bills.
Habit:Natural wetlands and flooded agricultural fields are perfect for mottled ducks. They feed on seeds, aquatic vegetation, rice, aquatic invertebrates and small fish. They nest and winter from the Texas Gulf Coast north to southern Arkansas and east to Florida. Females lay 5-13 eggs in a nest made of grass, covered with down.
State Occurrence: This uncommon duck can be found all year in parts of southern Arkansas, where they nest and spend the winter. This is one of few ducks that breeds and winters in Arkansas.
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Len Blumin