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Birding Colorado Springs: Waterfowl

Birds commonly seen in Colorado Springs and surrounding areas.

Waterfowl

Waterfowl are defined here as "swimming" birds, as opposed to "wading birds". Includes ducks, geese, swans, coots, cormorants, and grebes.

Canada Goose

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  • Common and widespread, frequently seen on lakes and ponds, as well as on large lawn areas. Often considered a pest
  • Call is a loud honk
  • Flies in V formation
  • Varies in size. "Giant" Canada geese are the most common type in urban and suburban areas.

American White Pelican

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  • Very large white bird with huge bill
  • Migrates and breeds across the West in summer; very impressive in flocks.
  • Some may spend the summer on golf course ponds in Colorado Springs
  • Tips forward into the water almost like a dabbling duck, but in search of fish rather than aquatic vegetation

American Coot

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  • Very common and widespread bird which frequently dives for aquatic vegetation
  • Black all over except for white beak and red eyes
  • Can be seen in mixed flocks of waterfowl
  • Not related to ducks; feet are lobed rather than webbed

Mallard

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  • Very common and widespread duck
  • Female is streaky brown with orange beak; male has brilliant green head
  • Stereotypical loud quacks given by females
  • Dabbling duck; diet mostly consists of vegetation

American Wigeon

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  • Dabbling duck that can often be found at the pond near Monument Creek
  • Male has metallic green "eyebrow", whitish forehead and white rump; female is brown all over.
  • Male gives a call that sounds like a squeaky toy; female gives a harsh quack.

Double-crested Cormorant


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  • Black all over except for orange face and bill. Snaky neck. Crest is rarely seen.
  • Sits low in water; dives for fish
  • Spends hours sunning itself with wings open
  • Cormorants' feathers are less oily than ducks, allowing for less buoyancy but requiring more drying time
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