I have a wild duck of some type that is still a duckling. Is there
a source I can access to identify ducklings?
The problem with identification of ducklings is that generally
they all look very similar. I know there are differences
between ducklings, but in most cases they are still under the
care of their parents, who can be identified.
To answer your question, I can not find any sources that treat this
subject to any degree. The Audubon Society's Master Guide to Birding
will make statements regarding the appearance of young, but these
are generally for sub-adults, not ducklings. Keep in mind that
ducklings are nondescript for the purpose of protective coloration
and have no reason to display breeding colors or be identified by
members of their species at such a young age.
Steven D Sample
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