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Field and Swamp: Animals and Their Habitats

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Duke Gardens Exotic Waterfowl

Most of the birds on this page have Eurasian origins; others are so designated.  The exotic birds appear to be free, but their wings are clipped. 

       
Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus), 4/6/09        

         
Common Shelduck (Tadoma tadoma), Duke Gardens, 2/14/11          

 

This Muscovy Duck (Cairina moschata) seemed to be hiding in the bushes at Duke Gardens, Durham, NC, 7/19/05. Another Muscovy Duck, Duke Gardens, 7/24/05

 

Muscovy Ducks, 3/9/06

 

Male Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina), Duke Gardens, 10/23/04.  Male Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus), Duke Gardens, Durham, NC, 12/15/02.  This duck is a member of a native species which winters here, but this is also the edge of its breeding range. Male Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata), Duke Gardens, 4/2/05.  This duck appeared at the far end of the Asian garden.

 

Philippine Duck (Anas luzonica), Duke Gardens, 2/22/05. Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea), Duke Gardens, Durham, NC, 12/30/05. 

 

Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis). This goose was the bully of the bunch at Duke Gardens on 7/19/05, walking around squawking loudly on the grass, then bumping a duck from this rock.  Barnacle Goose couple, Duke Gardens, 3/9/06.  These geese were on their best behavior.

 

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