Easily Identify Different Duck Species

Here's how to easily identify 3 common duck species with your Eschenbach binoculars.

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Male ducks, especially when they proudly wear their colorful breeding plumage, are unmistakable but for females, it's different as the various species are often similar. Here, Eschenbach helps you distinguishing 3 different species that you’ll be able to recognise with a great pair of binoculars.


Tufted duck

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The Tufted Duck

This freshwater diving duck is a small, compact duck with a round head. It is often seen in Germany during the winter. The top of the body and the head are black while the edges are dark brown. Its special features are the hot yellow eyes, the blue-gray beak and the dark crest. It sometimes happens that Tufted ducks have white coverts. They are likely to be mixed with the Ferruginous duck.

Ferruginous duck

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The Ferruginous Duck

This very rare species is a petite, auburn duck with a brown iris. It was reintroduced in the village of Steinhude in the Hannover region, and can be observed there. Its back stands out conspicuously darker and the white coverts are clearly visible, even when sitting and swimming. The long beak is similarly coloured to the Tufted duck, blue-gray with a dark tip.


The Mallard Duck

The famous Mallard can be found in most major waters as well as on park ponds. The female is light brown with a continuous black brown pattern, the beak is rather dark with irregular orange-brown spots. The round head is marked by a dark crest and a bright supercilium, these features are absent in the two above-described ducks.


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