A few New Mexico birds: Anseriformes


This page is under construction. Anseriformes includes ducks, geese, and swans. Birds are presented in alphabetical order by family, genus, and species. Hover over a photo series to control the images.

Anatidae: Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)


Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)


Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

The Canada Geese seen along the Rio Grande in Albuquerque include a resident population and a much larger number of winter visitors.


American Wigeon (Mareca americana)



Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)

Ruddy Duck, Oxyura jamaicensis, New Mexico
Rio Grande Bosque, Albuquerque, May 2016


On breeding male ruddy ducks, the blue bill stands out! Unfortunately, during my one encounter with a breeding male, he was napping with the bill tucked away. When he pulled out his bill my photo was blurred; I'll include it as a thumbnail to the left so you can at least see the color.


Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata)


Cinnamon Teal (Spatula cyanoptera)