Ducks of Kansas

Kansas is home to a surprising number of ducks, including some usually associated with coastal areas.

In this guide, you can find out more about the ducks of Kansas:

  • Appearance.
  • Best field marks.
  • Voice.
  • Distribution and occurrence.
  • Behavior.
  • Attracting them for viewing or hunting (when applicable).
  • Distinguishing them from similar species.

Along the way, you may come across terms that are unfamiliar to you. You can look them up in our birdwatching glossary.

The birds are organized by taxonomical order (with the exception of whistling-ducks, which we have grouped with ducks for convenience). The sequence and scientific names used can be found in the “Kansas Ornithological Society Checklist of Kansas Birds.”

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Subfamily Dendrocygninae

Black-Bellied Whistling-Duck

Black-Bellied Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis)

Fulvous Whistling-Duck

Fulvous Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna bicolor)

Subfamily Anatinae

Wood Duck

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)


Garganey (Spatula querquedula)

Blue-Winged Teal

Blue-Winged Teal (Spatula discors)

Cinnamon Teal

Cinnamon Teal (Spatula cyanoptera)

Northern Shoveler

Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata)


Gadwall (Mareca strepera)

Eurasian Wigeon

Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope)

American Wigeon

American Wigeon (Mareca americana)


Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

American Black Duck

American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)

Mottled Duck

Mottled Duck (Anas fulvigula)

Northern Pintail

Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)

Green-Winged Teal

Green-Winged Teal (Anas crecca)

Canvasback (Aythya valisineria)


Redhead (Aythya americana)

Ring-Necked Duck

Ring-Necked Duck (Aythya collaris)

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)

Greater Scaup

Greater Scaup (Aythya marila)

Lesser Scaup

Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)

King Eider

King Eider (Somateria spectabilis)

Common Eider

Common Eider (Somateria mollissima)

Harlequin Duck

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus)

Surf Scoter

Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)

White-Winged Scoter

White-Winged Scoter (Melanitta fusca)

Black Scoter

Black Scoter (Melanitta nigra)

Long-Tailed Duck

Long-Tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis)


Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)