Texas Waterfowl ID - North Texas Waterfowl


North Texas Waterfowl ID

North Texas Waterfowl has compiled a Waterfowl ID for you to explore the various species of North American waterfowl you will have the opportunity to shoot when hunting with us. Below are the three different categories of waterfowl we most frequently see when hunting our properties in North Texas. Note: There are other dabbling ducks and diving ducks that we do shoot on occasion, but the ones listed below are the “Frequent Flyers” on our various potholes that we hunt.

Dabbling Ducks

Dabbling ducks, or puddle ducks, frequent shallow waters such as flooded fields and marshes. They feed by tipping up rather than diving. When taking flight, they spring into the air instead of pattering across the water. Most swim with their tail held clear of the water and have colorful, iridescent speculum (a rectangular patch at the hind edge of the wing).

(Anas platyrhynchos)

Green-winged Teal
(Anas crecca)

Greenwing Teal - Waterfowl ID - North Texas Waterfowl

Northern Pintail
(Anas acuta)

Northern Pintail - Waterfowl ID - North Texas Waterfowl

American Widgeon
(Anas americana)

American Widgeon - Waterfowl ID - North Texas Waterfowl

(Anas strepera)

Gadwall - Waterfowl ID - North Texas Waterfowl

Wood Duck
(Aix sponsa)

Wood Duck - Waterfowl ID - North Texas Waterfowl

Northern Shoveler
(Anas clypeata)

Spoonbill - Waterfowl ID - North Texas Waterfowl

Diving Ducks

Diving ducks, also called sea ducks, are typically birds of large, deep lakes and rivers, coastal bays and inlets. Their speculums lack the brilliance of those on most dabblers. Most patter along the water in taking wing. They all dive for food, whereas dabblers rarely dive. They also have a more rapid wingbeat than most dabblers.

(Aythya valisineria)

(Aythya americana)

Red Head - Waterfowl ID - North Texas Waterfowl

Ring-necked Duck
(Aythya collaris)

Lesser Scaup
(Aythya affinis)

Lesser Scaup

Greater Scaup
(Aythya marila)

Greater Scaup

Hooded Merganser
(Lophodytes cucullatus)

Hooded Merganser

(Bucephala albeola)


Central Flyway Geese

There are 4 types of native geese in North America’s Central Flyway, not counting exotic or domestic geese. Almost all the North American geese, even in individual classifications have sub-species, named “Lesser” or “Western”, with each group having their subtle differences.

The plumage of both sexes of geese are similar, although males are generally larger than females. Geese spend a large amount of time on land, as they graze on grasses and other land plants, in addition to eating some aquatic plants. These large birds mate for life and both parents care for the young.

Cackling Goose
(Branta hutchinsii)

Canada Goose
(Branta canadensis)

Canada Goose

Snow Goose
(Anser caerulescens caerulescens)

Ross’s Goose
(Chen rossii)

White-fronted Goose
(Anser albifrons)

A North Texas duck hunting experience to remember!