Birds Of The World:
Other Duck Species
Ducks - The Shovelers
Goose - Like Birds
Bay Or Sea Ducks
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( Originally Published Early 1900's )
The account of the river and pond Ducks may appropriately be closed with the exquisitely beautiful Wood or Summer Duck (Aix sponsa) and its near relative, the Mandarin Duck (A. galericulata). They are small Ducks, neither exceeding twenty inches in length, with a small bill, which is much shorter than the head, and has a very large, broad nail at the tip. In the adult male the head is crested and the colors throughout are rich and varied.