Ducks of Kansas

Ducks of KansasKansas 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 appearance, best field marks, voice, distribution and occurrence, and behavior of the ducks of Kansas. You will also learn how to attract them for viewing or hunting purposes (when applicable) and how to distinguish them from confusingly 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 (Dendrocygna autumnalis) Black-Bellied Whistling-Duck


Fulvous Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna bicolor)Fulvous Whistling-Duck



Subfamily Anatinae

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)Wood Duck


Gadwall (Anas strepera)Gadwall


Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)Eurasian Wigeon


American Wigeon (Anas americana)American Wigeon


American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)American Black Duck


Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)Mallard


Mottled DuckMottled Duck (Anas fulvigula)


Blue-Winged TealBlue-Winged Teal (Anas discors)


Cinnamon TealCinnamon Teal (Anas cyanoptera)


Northern ShovelerNorthern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)


Northern PintailNorthern Pintail (Anas acuta)


GarganeyGarganey (Anas querquedula)


Green-Winged TealGreen-Winged Teal (Anas crecca)