Scientific Name: Anas discors
Population Estimate: 4.6M, Least Concern status
Range / Habitat: Breeds across central North America and throughout Canada, favouring small, shallow freshwater such as the prairie-pothole region. Migrates early to the southern US, Mexico, Central America and northern South America.
Field Notes: Small dabbling duck, much smaller than a Mallard. Breeding male with slate blue head and white crescent behind the bill. Female and eclipse male similar to other dabbling ducks. Both sexes with powder-blue patch on wings in flight.
Personal Notes: Frequently seen alongside the Northern Shoveler on a spring trip through South Dakota.