What species of duck is this?
March 22, 2008 1:34 PM   Subscribe

Please help me identify the species of duck that I saw last week in North Carolina.

About a week ago, I was in North Carolina visiting family, and I saw the most interesting ducks at Duke Gardens. They were a striking orangy-gold color and white. Does anyone know what species they might be?
posted by comfortinsound to Science & Nature (4 answers total)
Best answer: Ruddy Shelduck? (via Duke Gardens Exotic Ducks)
posted by bonobo at 1:45 PM on March 22, 2008

Best answer: One of these?
posted by L. Fitzgerald Sjoberg at 1:45 PM on March 22, 2008

Best answer: More details please. What part of the bird is white? If the body is golden and the head is white most probably a ruddy shelduck.
If you saw it in flight and the body was golden and the underneath of the wings whitish, the it could be a female eider, but it is more brownish and grayish in color.
posted by francesca too at 6:42 AM on March 23, 2008

Response by poster: yes, they were ruddy shelducks! thanks so much.
posted by comfortinsound at 7:16 PM on June 27, 2008

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