Every year ducks are banded throughout North America, with increased efforts in the prairie-pothole regions of the United States and Canada. This cooperative effort has been ongoing since the early s. WCCWBP banding data have increased our knowledge of waterfowl population dynamics and helped inform management decisions. Below are detailed accounts from crew leaders out in the field that band in Canada during the month of August each year. All efforts are made to satisfy the banding needs presented in the draft Banding Needs Assessment. The overall objectives of the banding program are:.
Nesting: They desire dense natural cover or a nesting box on the ground to lay their eggs in. Many hens do not make their own nests instead they lay their eggs in nests of other hens. Description: Male Redhead drakes have a coppery red head and upper neck, a black breast and lower neck. Their eggs are creamy white to brownish buff. Drakes bills are blue with a black tip. Females are a plain brown color. Status in the wild: Least concern.
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Small wild and feral breeding populations have established themselves in the United States , particularly in Florida , Louisiana , Massachusetts , and the lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas as well as in many other parts of North America, including southern Canada. The bird is predominantly black and white, with the back feathers being iridescent and glossy in males, while the females are more drab. The amount of white on the neck and head is variable, as well as the bill, which can be yellow, pink, black, or any mixture of these.