Arkansas Ducks [The Complete List]

Arkansas Ducks [The Complete List]

Arkansas Ducks

Arkansas serves as a habitat for a broad range of duck species. In fact, you can spot over 24 unique species in this state regularly.

Here are some of the most common and interesting Arkansas duck breeds:

  • Mallard Duck,
  • Wood Duck,
  • Gadwall Duck,
  • Blue-winged Teal Duck,
  • Northern Shoveler Duck,
  • Green-winged Teal Duck,
  • Northern Pintail Duck,
  • American Wigeon Duck,
  • American Black Duck,
  • Ruddy Duck,
  • Canvasback Duck,
  • Redhead Duck,
  • Greater Scaup Duck,
  • Bufflehead Duck,
  • Common Goldeneye Duck,
  • Mottled Duck,
  • Pekin Duck, and
  • Muscovy Duck.

Mallard Duck

The Mallard Duck, scientifically known as Anas platyrhynchos, is the dominant duck breed in Arkansas. These ducks are often the top choice when it comes to hunting.

The Mallard Duck has a distinctive color pattern, Males are easy to spot with their vibrant green head, slim white collar, dark chestnut chest, yellow bill, and a black rear end with a white-tipped tail. On the other hand, females carry an equally unique look, with a blend of brown shades and bills in streaks of orange and brown.

Mallards are present in multiple regions of Arkansas. You’ll spot them in the Arkansas Delta, making their way through the Arkansas River Valley, or nestled in southwestern Arkansas.

Over the years, Arkansas has seen these ducks’ numbers sway. The numbers seem to be in favor of the Mallards more recently since surveys suggest a spike in their population in the Arkansas Delta region. This trend sets the stage for a promising future for Mallards in Arkansas.

The migration patterns and fluctuations in numbers tell a tale of endurance and resilience, highlighting the rich biodiversity of Arkansas’s unique environment.

Wood Duck

The Wood Duck or Carolina Duck (Aix sponsa) in another Arkansas duck breed. Unlike the majority of ducks in Arkansas, which migrate, Wood Ducks are loyal residents of the state, settling in the vicinity of their summer homes when winter rolls around.

Male Wood Duck has a vibrant display of colors – green, yellow, and blue on its body with a standout orange bill. Contrastingly, the female has a much sedater look with a light brown body and a white teardrop around the eye.

You’ll find these ducks across Arkansas, from the flow of Ozark Mountain streams to the stillness of back-country beaver ponds. They have a special fondness for wooded swamps, rivers, and ponds, especially those skirted with deciduous or mixed woodland.

In terms of nesting habits, the Wood Duck deviates from the typical Arkansas duck species. Instead of the ground, these ducks choose woodpecker holes, hollow trees, or human-made nesting boxes, nestled safely 50 feet or more off the ground.

Despite a challenging era of near extinction 50 years ago due to overhunting and loss of habitat, Wood Ducks have fought back. Their populations have grown in Arkansas, now maintaining steady numbers throughout their range.

A surprising fact – only Louisiana surpasses Arkansas in terms of wintering Wood Ducks in the Mississippi Flyway. Arkansas’s bottomland rivers and wooded pools offer refuge during winter not just for local Wood Ducks, but also for those from as far as the Great Lakes region.

Despite the pleasing numbers, monitoring Wood Duck populations comes with its trials. Their fragmented forested breeding habitats and habit of returning to the same breeding spot annually add to the difficulty.

From the hunting perspective, Wood Ducks are highly prized. Standing behind Mallards, they make up about 10% of the duck hunting harvest in Arkansas. Their unique shape, crested head, thin neck, and broad tail make them unforgettable targets.

Gadwall Duck

The Gadwall Duck, a less known but equally important resident of Arkansas, adds to the state’s diverse duck population. Sporting a more modest plumage compared to the flamboyant Wood Duck, the male Gadwalls have grey feathers with a black rear end, contrasted by the female’s mottled light brown color.

These ducks are adaptable, favoring a wide range of habitats. You can spot them around marshes, ponds and even sheltered coastal bays. They forage on seeds, stems and leaves making them a crucial part of the local ecosystem.

What’s remarkable about the Gadwall Duck is its non-confrontational nature. While other duck species aggressively defend their territories, Gadwalls are often seen quietly slipping away to avoid conflicts. They’re not known for fancy courting displays but rather express interest in mates through a more humble, head-bobbing gesture.

Interestingly, the Gadwall Duck is considered as one of the ‘late nesters’ among ducks. They typically start their nesting process well after other species have begun raising their young. This late nesting is thought to be a survival strategy, reducing their vulnerability to predators.

Hunting Gadwall Ducks brings a unique challenge. Known for their erratic flight patterns, they’re a test for any hunter’s skill. Traditionally not as sought-after as Mallards or Wood Ducks, Gadwalls are gaining popularity among hunters, offering a fresh twist to the age-old tradition of duck hunting in Arkansas.

While data about the Gadwall population in Arkansas is sparse, conservation efforts are underway to understand their habits and protect their habitats. It’s through these measures and the respect for nature that we can ensure the continued presence of Gadwall Ducks in Arkansas’s rich waterfowl landscape.

Blue-winged Teal Duck

The Blue-winged Teal Duck (Spatula discors) is known for its small size. It thrives in areas with heavy reed and cattail growth. Anyone hunting in the early part of duck season, which starts in mid-September, may just run into one of these birds.

Their unique coloring features a slate-blue head crowned with a white facial crescent in males. Meanwhile, females have a modish brown exterior appearance. Regardless of gender, both have sky-blue wing covers, a green mirror, and yellow legs.

When it comes to migration habits, they’re known for being long-distance travelers. Possibly venturing as far south as South America, they’re typically the first ducks to head south and the last ones to return north, come spring. Amazingly, one duck managed a whopping 4,000 miles trek from Oak Lake, Manitoba, all the way to Lima, Peru.

These ducks don’t just adapt to their habitats; they choose them carefully. Habitually preferring areas with heavy bulrushes and cattails for cover, along with grasses, sedges, and hayfields for nesting. In addition to the northern prairies and parklands, you’ll find them in boreal forest associations, shortgrass prairies, tallgrass prairies, and woodlands.

Despite of their defined travel habits, if Arkansas’s flooded wetlands offer enough feed and rest, some Blue-winged Teals make a decision to stay put. They primarily survive on insects, providing the necessary fuel and protein for their turbulent flights.

Northern Shoveler Duck

The Northern Shoveler Duck (Anas clypeata) is a sight to behold in Arkansas. They’re known for their distinctive, spatula-like bill. Males have a black bill while the females have a yellow-orange tinge. Yellow eyes, bright orange legs and short tail are other key markers.

When in flight, these ducks have a ‘hunched’ look due to their body shape. Their noticeably narrow wings under slower wingbeat make them quite the spectacle. You’ll see a beautiful blue upper wing and a flash of green speculum, neatly divided by a white line of plumage.

Male Northern Shoveler Ducks sport a dark-green blue head and neck, a distinct white chest and chunky light chestnut plumage under the wings. Female counterparts, known as hens, have a mottled brown appearance. These ducks thrive in various habitats like parklands, short- and mixed-grass prairies in Canada and the grasslands in the north-central United States. They’ve a fondness for shallow, mud-bottomed marshes.

Common and wide-spread, they can adapt to varying habitats such as marshes, ponds and even salt bays. Come summer, you’ll find them in the prairies, marshes, tundra or any open country that’s close to shallow waters. They don’t mind stagnant or polluted waters that other duck species would usually avoid.

In Arkansas, you can spot Northern Shovelers in various places like the wildlife management area in Bald Knob. These ducks are even part of the duck hunting tradition in NE Arkansas where hunting trips span over 10K acres of flooded rice, beans, timber, and cypress sloughs. What’s intriguing is, despite their wide-ranging habitats, these ducks always seem to find their way back to Arkansas.

Green-winged Teal Duck

The Green-winged Teal Duck (Anas crecca carolinensis) is a small dabbling duck that is present in Arkansas throughout most of the duck season. The males have a dark reddish and iridescent green head, with the females sporting a mottled brown look. Each has an iridescent green patch in their wings, marked by a white stripe in the front.

They enjoy the company of the early Blue-winged Teals, choosing to stay in the state when there is ample flooded wetland for their rest and feeding. There, they snack on insects for fuel and protein, preparing for their long flights.

When it comes to habitats, these teals like shallow ponds heavy with emergent vegetation. They also find tidal creeks, mudflats, and marshes, especially along the coast quite attractive. In an Arkansas waterfowl hunt, you will find it harder to sight these teals compared to the Blue-winged ones. Your best bet of finding them lies in the southern Gulf coastal plain.

Notably, Green-winged Teals are keen participants of the early teal hunting season running from September 15 to September 30 in Arkansas. They’re known to fly in large groups, and their speedy and unpredictable flight patterns pose quite the challenge for hunters. Add to this, their preference for landing in tall, green vegetation, creating an additional obstacle for your shots.

As for their population, the available data isn’t specific. These teals however, feature as an integral part of the state’s waterfowl population. Despite the lack of clear figures, you’ll find them to be very common and widespread.

Northern Pintail Duck

The Northern Pintail Duck is an Arkansas local. This elegant, long-necked duck has a slender outline. A long, pointed tail sets it apart, with a more notable presence in breeding males. Larger than a Green-winged Teal yet smaller than a Mallard, it’s a sight to behold.

The males are radiant, sporting a chocolate-brown head. Dual white stripes adorn their neck, beginning from their white belly and breast. A blackish-gray back contrasts with a white patch on their rumps. Females and non-breeding males mirror their color patterns, with females occasionally flaunting a darker bill. Both genders have light blueish-gray bills and legs that pair well with any setting.

Northern Pintails are social creatures, rarely showing aggression to other kinds. They thrive in open areas with short vegetation, wet meadows, grasslands, and even crop fields. With an affinity for tilled croplands too, you’d think they’ve got farming in their DNA. You can catch them in Arkansas’s wetland habitats, wildlife refuges proving ideal for sightings. They favor the shallower edges of lakes and ponds and are also seen exploring the land as they rummage barley, wheat, rice, and corn leftovers.

True to their migratory nature, they lead the pack in the bi-annual migration cycle down south in the fall, back north in spring. A sizable chunk that uses the Mississippi Flyway, including Arkansas, winter in Louisiana. Fewer numbers nestle down in Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas during winters.

As for numbers, they’ve seen a fall since the 1950s but have displayed signs of resurgence. With an impressive bounce from 1.78 million in 2022 to over 2.2 million in 2023, marking a 24% rise is no mean feat. However, with population management and regulated hunting, the cult-favorite Northern Pintails are far from vanishing into oblivion.

American Wigeon Duck

The American Wigeon Duck, known to some as the American Widgeon or Baldpate, is a type of dabbling duck that makes its home in Arkansas. The round head and blue-gray bill tipped in black make this duck easy to identify. Stare out for the males are donned in brown with a standout green band behind their eyes. Females instead showcase overall brown bodies and a grayer head.

Their diet puts a unique spin on duck cuisine. Wigeons consume more plant matter than their peers, feeding on a range of aquatic plants, seeds and grains. Pondweeds, sedges, wild celery–they keep their meals green while on the water. On land, they indulge in leftover barley, wheat, rice, and corn in farm fields.

You likely won’t spot American Wigeons next to crowds of people. They show a preference for wetlands, sticking to the shallow ends near lake edges. During their breeding season, wetlands, ponds, lakes, marshes, and rivers serve as their dwelling. However, females nest on dry ground in the grasslands and fields nearby.

Expectedly, the American Wigeon migrates with the changing seasons. Your best shot at spotting them is between August and April, their typical wintering period. During the cold months, they find sanctuary in the wetlands and lakes in eastern Arkansas.

The American Wigeon population encountered a significant decline – approximately 56% – from 1966 to 2019. That’s a compound annual drop of nearly 1.5%. However, despite the decline, wigeons are quite common, their global breeding population caps at an estimated 2.7 million. Understandably, this decline piqued the attention of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, prompting more control on duck hunting. For example, between 2019–2020, hunters took on average 647,835 American Wigeon per year.

American Black Duck

The American Black Duck is large dabbling duck that stands out for its size and coloration, very much like the female Mallard. But it’s known for its unique love for wooded country. Unfortunately, the ongoing clearing of forests has given it quite a blow.

The American Black Duck’s habitat is as intriguing as it is diverse. They frequent lakes in northern forests and salt marshes, uncommon for many dabbling ducks. Winter drives them to coastal estuaries and tidal marshes but you’ll find some at inland lakes, tree-lined ponds, and wooded swamps.

However, the duck numbers in Arkansas have gone down by 7% in just a year. The American Black Duck is no exception, particularly in the interior parts of its habitat range. Forced out by the Mallards and burdened by the loss of forests, has led to a drastic dip in its numbers. Additionally, ‘genetic swamping’ or crossbreeding with Mallards has furthered the decline.

Despite these setbacks, you can still spot the American Black Ducks in Arkansas. They are abundant in the Stuttgart area, dubbed the Duck Hunting Capital of the World. Here, hunting outfitters like Black Duck Waterfowl offer guided hunting trips, stringently regulated for sustainability of the species.

Shifting migration patterns can weaken ducks if winter food supplies don’t measure up. This can also significantly influence southern hunting economies and traditions. Hence, the emphasis on re-establishing American Black Duck habitat. In particular, the Mid-Atlantic region has become a critical focus of these efforts, striving to preserve the unique bird species of Arkansas, including the American Black Duck.

Ruddy Duck

The Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) is a small diving duck, known for its stout, scoop-shaped bill and a stiff, long tail. It’s often found enjoying the diverse wetland habitats of Arkansas.

One unique feature is its bright white cheeks, contrasting with blackish caps that males have. Their rich chestnut bodies and bright blue bills are a highlight during summer, while in the winter, they don dull gray-brown with paler below. Females and first-year males look like winter males but have a blurry stripe across the cheek patch.

When it comes to habitats, Ruddy Ducks are no strangers to marshy lakes, wetlands, ponds, salt bays, and estuaries. They’re excellent swimmers, and they feed mainly by diving. Occasionally, they forage on the water’s surface. Their diet? It’s a mix of aquatic insects, crustaceans, zooplankton, pondweeds, algae, wild celery, and seeds of sedges, smartweeds, and grasses.

Showing social behavior, these ducks are usually active at night and sleep during the day. They often hang out in pairs or small groups but don’t shy away from being alone. They spend most of their time in the water and only come on land during nesting. Migration? Small groups of 5–15 individuals, typically at night.

Ruddy Duck populations have been stable across North America from 1966 to 2019, as per the North American Breeding Bird Survey. They’re considered a species of low conservation concern, with a global breeding population of 1.3 million individuals.

Eager to observe Ruddy Ducks in Arkansas? Wildlife refuges in wetland habitats, away from people, are your go-to spots. They prefer shallower areas near the edges of lakes and ponds and are even proficient at walking on land.

Canvasback Duck

The Canvasback Duck is often coined as the ‘aristocrat of ducks’ because of its diverse look. This duck sports a rusty head and neck for males while females carry a pale brown coat. Don’t miss how its unique head shape allows for a seamless flow from the top of the crown to the bill tip.

This big-headed native doesn’t shy away from locales with bounty. Small lakes, deep-water marshes, estuaries, ponds, and rivers – to mention a few – canvasbacks breed and nest in these environments. They sleep on water and soar in the air at whopping speeds of 56 miles per hour. During off-breeding seasons, you’ll find them socializing in their thousands.

The Canvasback’s population isn’t a cause for alarm yet. With a 10 out of 20 rating on the Continental Concern Score, it’s not pushing the boundaries of the Partners in Flight Watch List. Although population shifts exist, they’re mostly due to loss of wetlands and changes in water levels affecting available nesting sites.

Getting up close to these ducks can be a challenge. Their hunting nature makes them ready to flush when they sense your presence. Your best bet to get a glimpse is using a spotting scope or staying in your car without causing a commotion. After all, they’re part of Arkansas’s duck hunting regulations, limiting hunters to a Canvasback duo a day.

While there’s no specific data on the state’s Canvasback distribution, you’ll easily spot them during the spring, fall, and winter. As you observe their white bodies shimmer and stand out amongst other waterbirds, you’ll notice the declining overall duck population in Arkansas. If this trend continues, it might eventually affect the Canvasback’s standing in Arkansas.

Redhead Duck

The Redhead Duck (Aythya americana) is sighted during winter seasons. It’s unmistakable with the males flaunting a reddish head and upper neck, with a black lower neck, foreback, and breast. Notice the dark grayish back contrasted with a brownish-black hind back and tail. What stands out is a vibrant band of light gray splashed across the dusky gray wing and onto the primaries. Not to miss, are its gray legs and feet, teamed up with a light blue-gray bill, garnished with a white band behind a wide black tip. Females, however, mostly adorn a brown attire.

Originating from northern prairies of the United States and Canada and the open marshland in the west, these water ducks prefer a non-forested habitat with deep-water areas. What they look for, is a blend of permanent and dense emergent vegetation, ideal for nesting. Among diving ducks, Redheads are the most common breeders in the United States.

Their diet pattern is pretty varied. They plunge into water bodies to feast on seeds, rhizomes, tubers of pondweeds, wild celery, water lilies, grasses, and wild rice. They also eat mollusks, aquatic insects, and small fish.

What sets the Redhead Duck apart in Arkansas is its social nature. Especially, during winter, sighting these ducks in massive flocks is common. Some gatherings can even have thousands, cozily nested at large lakes. They are easily attracted toward decoys, making them quite a hit among hunters. One noteworthy flock in Arkansas was reported to have over 60,000 Redhead Ducks.

Hunting though regulated by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, allows for taking two Redheads per day. However, as we see the overall duck populace dwindle in the state, it’s critical to keep tabs on the possible effects on the Redhead Population.

Greater Scaup Duck

The Greater Scaup Duck is a diving duck populating Arkansas, especially during the shivery winter months. Males have a black head and chest while their bright white sides contrast sharply with a black tail end. Females have a more subdued, brownish color overall.

Interestingly, this duck breed has a rather distinct taste in its habitats. The Greater Scaups are no strangers to shallow lakes and treeless wetlands. They favor these spots for nesting due to the higher ground, which buffers against wind, blends with shallow waters, and have fairly dense emergent vegetation.

You’d have the best odds of spotting them in lakes, rivers, salt bays, and estuaries. They also inhabit coastal bays, lagoons, and estuaries throughout the colder months. More than being great divers, they show a deep connection with water through their diet, feeding on aquatic plants and animals. They feast on mollusks in coastal areas and indulge in seeds, leaves, stems, roots, and tubers of aquatic plants in freshwater habitats.

Although they might not be the leading ducks of the Arkansas waterfowl scene, Greater Scaup Ducks nonetheless add to the state’s rich diversity. They’re part of the population being monitored via aerial surveys. The dwindling overall duck population year over year in Arkansas could negatively impact the Greater Scaup community.

Unfortunately, specific Arkansas-focused data on the Greater Scaup population isn’t easy to come by just yet. Nevertheless, the state’s waterfowl population continues to draw attention, and with hope, necessary conservation steps are on the horizon.

Bufflehead Duck

The Bufflehead Duck is a notable and unique duck breed that calls Arkansas home during the colder months. These small black and white diving ducks are recognizable for their striking coloration and shimmering heads, a distinctive feature especially prevalent in the males.

From a distance, the males of this breed appear as though they’ve been splattered with oil, their heads gleaming with an array of iridescent colors from green to violet. a The signature trait of this breed is a striking white patch extending diagonally through its upperwing coverts. On the flip side, females sport plain brown heads accented with white streaks on each cheek complementing their overall gray-brown plumage.

Buffleheads fly south for winter, meaning Arkansas becomes their home away from home. Their primary breeding grounds lie in the expansive wilds of Canada and Alaska. However, a few adventurous Buffleheads journey to nest in the states bordering the west coast as well as Wisconsin. Their preferred nesting sites are near water bodies surrounded by temperate woodlands where they can indulge in their love for diving in fairly shallow, open water. Keep an eye out for Buffleheads near deep ponds and lakes. You won’t be disappointed.

Buffleheads diet consists of a mix of invertebrates and plant material. They eat insects, mollusks, or crustaceans, pond weeds, and seeds. However, these ducks are often found in limited numbers spread over large bodies of water.

Like many of other waterfowl, the Bufflehead population faces challenges due to the overall decline in Arkansas’s duck population.

For all you hunters out there, Buffleheads are fast flyers, making them a challenging yet rewarding quarry. When you venture out for the hunt, remember to bring your Arkansas Harvest Information Program (HIP) registration.

Common Goldeneye Duck

The Common Goldeneye Duck is a duck breed found in Arkansas, particularly prevalent during the winter months. This medium-sized diving duck has impressive physical characteristics. With males flaunting dark heads with a greenish gloss, white necks, and bellies along with a white patch below the eye, they’re hard to miss. Females have a brown head and a mostly grey body. Both genders carry an unmistakable trait – a pair of golden-yellow eyes that lend them their name.

The boreal forests of Canada and Alaska are prime breeding environments for these ducks, although you might spot smaller numbers in North Dakota, Montana, Minnesota, and the Northeast. Nesting in holes in trees by lakes, rivers, or wetlands, they generally favor locations that offer abundant invertebrate prey and clear waters with minimal emergent vegetation.

Diet is a crucial element for the Common Goldeneye. You’ll find that they primarily prey on aquatic invertebrates, fish, and fish eggs. Vegetation such as seeds and tubers make up less than a quarter of their diet. In their quest for sustenance, they tend to forage along shorelines in relatively shallow water, under 13 feet deep. Nevertheless, they’re not one to shy away from plunging into waters over 20 feet deep.

In Arkansas, you’ll find the Common Goldeneye Duck in smaller groups on large waters. As part of the state’s waterfowl population, their numbers are monitored through rigorous aerial surveys. That said, the general decline in the overall duck population, which has been observed in recent years, could negatively impact the Common Goldeneye’s presence in the state.

Arkansas also allows hunting of the Common Goldeneye Duck, adding another aspect to their demographic dynamic within the state. Hunters need to register with the Arkansas Harvest Information Program (HIP) to legally hunt ducks. However, hunting practices are carefully managed to maintain a balance and ensure sustainability.

Mottled Duck

The Mottled Duck is a dabbling duck species that is rare to see in Arkansas, but a lucky few might encounter them in the southernmost regions during migration or dispersal events.

These ducks are intriguing with their choice of habitat. They stick close to coastal marshes, swamps, and wetlands along the Gulf Coast. However, they differ from many duck species in that they don’t migrate. Instead, they are resident all year round from Texas to Florida.

Their feeding habits show adaptability in action. Mottled Ducks dabble in shallow waters, indulge in land grazing and primarily eat plants, with a side menu of mollusks and aquatic insects. Their breeding finds favor in brackish and intermediate coastal marshes. Topping it off, they’re equally comfortable in human-made habitats like retaining ponds, water impoundments, and agricultural land during the breeding season.

On the conservation front, the population of this species is generally stable. Yet, the local populations along the Gulf Coast are under threat. Habitat loss, urbanization, and the encroachment of invasive species pose a real danger. Therefore, key habitats need protection and coastal wetlands must be conserved if we are to ensure the continued survival of the Mottled Duck along with other waterfowl species.

Pekin Duck

The Pekin Duck is quite distinct with its bright white plumage. Now, while this breed isn’t native to Arkansas, that doesn’t stop it from being a part of the diverse duck population here.

Whether you’re a farm owner, a duck enthusiast or someone looking for a pet with character and charm, the Pekin Duck doesn’t disappoint. You can easily purchase these lovable creatures from local feed stores, online hatcheries, or nearby farmers.

One reason why this breed stands out is its excellent egg production. Pekin Ducks are known for their prolific egg-laying pace. If you’re specifically interested in raising ducks for their eggs, a flock of Pekin Ducks would be a valuable addition to your farm or backyard.

Are you into the meat production aspect of duck rearing? Good news – Pekin Ducks are ideal in this department as well with their fast growth rate. Indulging in duck husbandry with Pekin Ducks makes for a rewarding experience.

Even though the Pekin Duck isn’t a wild species native to Arkansas, it’s a breed that fits right in. It doesn’t just add variety to the state’s duck population but also opens up opportunities for duck husbandry in Arkansas.

Muscovy Duck

The Muscovy Duck (Cairina moschata) is native to the Americas. It spans from Texas and Mexico down to Argentina and Uruguay. What grabs attention is their size and color. These are large, hefty ducks with a strikingly dark blackish coat that shimmers with green and bronze hues, mostly visible on their wings.

You may wonder, are there any in Arkansas? Ironically, the Muscovy Ducks aren’t typically found in the wild. But tiny farms, like the one in Wildcherry, Arkansas, have them. They sell the ducks all year round.

The Muscovy Duck is known for its hardiness and adaptability. Normally you would imagine ducks by a pond, but these bulky ducks prefer roosting in trees away from prying eyes. They’re quite the omnivores too, with a diet ranging from grasses, water lily seeds and a host of animal foods.

The Muscovy Duck has a special status in Arkansas. It’s seen as an unrestricted captive wildlife species according to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Code. This means there’s a good bit more freedom when it comes to keeping this non-native species in captivity.

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