Distribution patterns of American black duck and mallard winter band recoveries

D. R. Diefenbach, J. D. Nichols, J. E. Hines

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In the same breeding areas, young Anas rubripes wintered NE of young A. platyrhynchos but no differences in distribution patterns were detected between adult birds. Mallards exhibited greater temporal variation in distribution patterns and less fidelity to wintering areas. Black ducks may reduce energy expenditure during periods of extreme cold and wait for conditions to improve, whereas mallards may migrate to areas that are warmer or where more food is available. Availability of quality habitat may therefore be critical to the survival of black ducks during harsh weather conditions. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)704-710
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Wildlife Management
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation


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