The largest North American bay Duck, Canvasback is declining but still relatively common. This species breeds from from the lower tundra of Canada into prairie marshes of the northern Great Plains; it winters mostly on coasts and in the southern U.S. on lakes, bays, rivers, and lagoons, often in large flocks and sometimes with other bay ducks.
VOICE Male; usually silent; in displays gargling gobble with occasional peeping. Female: a burry, braying call, repeated
A group of ducks has many collective nouns, including a “brace”, “flush”, “paddling”, “raft”, and “team” of ducks.
Because they strain many seeds with their bill out of bottom mud, they ingest much lead shot and are especially affected by lead poisoning in areas that are heavily hunted.
One of the largest North American diving ducks, it gets its name from its pale gray back and white sides which are delicately dotted and lined in a wavelike pattern resembling canvas fabric.
The Canvasback is a very good flier and can reach speeds of up to 70 mph.