1. Double-crested Cormorant / Cormorán Crestado
  2. Olivaceous Cormorant / Cormorán Oliváceo
  3. Pied-billed Grebe / Zaramago
  4. Least Grebe / Tigua
  5. West Indian Whistling Duck / Chiriría Caribeña
  6. Northern Pintail / Pato Pescuecilargo
  7. White-cheeked Pintail / Pato Quijada Colorada
  8. American Wigeon / Pato Cabeciblanco
  9. Buffheaded / Pato Pinto
  10. Northern Shoveler / Pato Cuchareta
  11. Green-winged Teal / Pato Aliverde
  12. Blue-winged Teal / Pato Zarcel
  13. Lesser Scaulp / Pato Pechiblanco Menor (Turco)
  14. Ring-necked Duck / Pato del Medio (Acollarado)
  15. Masked Duck / Pato Dominico
  16. Ruddy Duck / Pato Chorizo
  17. Mallard / Pato Inglés
  18. Black Duck / Pato Oscuro
  19. Black-bellied Whistling Duck / Chiriría Pinta
  20. Hooded Merganser / Mergansa Encapuchada
  21. Red-breasted Merganser / Mergansa Piquilarga

.....Introduce (I), Accidental (A) or Rare (R)

  1. Muscovy Duck / Pato Criollo (Introduced/Introducido)
  2. Fulvous Whistling Duck / Chiriría Bicolor (Yaguaza) (A)
  3. White-faced Whistling Duck / Chiriría Cariblanca (A)
  4. Black-bellied Whistling Duck / Chiriría Pinta (A)
  5. Snow Goose / Ganso Blanco (A)
  6. Brant / Ganso Carinegro (A)
  7. Canada Goose / Ganso Canadiense (A)
  8. Tundra Swan / Cisne de Tundra (A)
  9. Wood Duck / Pato Joyuyo (A)
  10. Canvasback / Pato Piquisesgado (R)
  11. Cinnamon Teal / Pato Colorado (R)
  12. Garganey / Pato Carretón (A)
  13. Gadwall / Pato Gris (A)
  14. Eurasian Wigeon / Silbón Europeo (R)
  15. American Black Duck / Pato Oscuro (R)
Ducks are found throughout the world in a variety of water habitats. Some ducks live by the sea and dive for fish; others live on small freshwater ponds and eat
microscopic organisms. All ducks however have many similar features and adaptations used to survive in their watery habitats.   

The bills of ducks are usually long and flat. They use their bills in many different ways.

Dabbling ducks are filter feeders and strain out various food items such as seeds, water plants, and small animals.

Diving ducks, normally found in freshwater, swim under the water and pursue larger food items like fish.

The feathers of ducks are waterproofed by a protective oil that is produced at the base of the tail and the duck spreads this oil to the rest of the feathers. This procedure
is called preening and this must be done regularly to straighten and re-oil their feathers.  

In most duck species the males’ feathers are brighter and more colourful. Male feathers are vivid for a variety of reasons.
•More colourful feathers help males stand out to attract females.
•Males also use brilliant feathers, combined with lots of noise and fluttering, to distract predators away from females. Females are usually a shade of brown to help
camoflauge (blend) in with ground nests.

Their webbed feet are excellent for paddling and they can streamline their wings to dive underwater. Ducks are often clumsy on land and due to the fact that their legs
are placed far back on their body. This gives them more power in the water but results in a unique waddle on land.

Ducks are able to float on top of the water by trapping air within sacs inside their bodies. When a duck dives underwater, it releases air from the sacs.
Northern Shoveler / Pato Cuchareta - Laguna Cartagena
1 (I)
5 (A)
Great Blue Heron (left) - Double-crested Cormorant (right)
¡Hablamos español!
· Nature & Soft Adventure Operator · Consultants · Trainers · Mayagüez · Luquillo · San Juan · Fajardo · Ceiba ·
· i s l a n d - w i d e  b i r d i n g  t r i p s  ·  a l l - i n c l u s i v e  t o u r  p a c k a g e s ·
Email us!  -  Comunícate con nosotros por email.
"As the path of the birds in the air or of fishes in the water is invisible, even so is the path of the possessors of wisdom."
T = Threatened Species

  • White-cheeked

  • Broad-winged Hawk
    (Puerto Rico race)

  • Black Rail

  • Caribbean Coot

  • Snowy Plover

  • Roseate Tern

  • White-crowned Pigeon

  • Elfin-Woods Warbler
C = Critically Endangered

  • Puerto Rican Parrot

  • Puerto Rican Screech Owl
    (Virgin Islands race)

  • Yellow-shouldered Blackbird

E = Endangered

  • West Indian

  • Sharp-shinned Hawk
    (Puerto Rico race)

  • Plain Pigeon

  • Puerto Rican Nightjar
Puerto Rican Avifauna
Photos, videos, and links of our birds
All photographic material on this website is  copyrighted by Birding PUERTO RICO, AdvenTours and/or its contributing
photographers.   Photos should not be reproduced or exploited in any way without our written permission.
# 10 - Grebes, Cormorants, Waterfowls
3695  11 junio    3810  28 junio  3853  19 julio
3928  17agosto    4021  18sep   4274  4dic
4359  2ene  4449  18ene  4706  17mar
4776  2abr  4807  10abr   4907  8may
4925   15may   4956  21may  5014  3jun  5022  15jun  
5061    5083  24jun   5195  23jul
6432  15mar2010
Updated March 22, 2015.
© 1992 - 2015 Copyrights, BIRDING PUERTO RICO.
Gay friendly
All photographic material in this website is copyrighted by BIRDING PUERTO RICO and/or its contributing
photographers.   Photos should not be reproduced or exploited in any way without written permission from
Birds, nature, culture, and regional cuisine.
Restricted to the northern West Indies, the West Indian
Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna arborea) is among the rarest
ducks in the Americas.

Source:  WIWD & Wetlands Conservation Project,