IDENTIFICATION

WILDFOWL IDENTIFICATION

Cranes
There have been five types of Cranes at WWT Slimbridge in recent years, the Black-Crowned Crane, Demoiselle Crane, Eurasian Crane, Grey-Crowned Crane and the Red-Crowned Crane.
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Dabbling Ducks
Dabbling Ducks (sub-family - Anatinae) consist of fifty to sixty species of duck which include Gadwall, Garganey, Mallard, Pintails, Shovelers, Teal, and Wigeon many of which can be found at WWT Slimbridge.
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Diving Ducks
There are about sixteen species of Diving Duck (Subfamily: Aythyinae) including the Canvasback, Ferruginous Duck, Hardhead, Marbled Duck, Pochard (Baer's, Common, Madagascar, Red-crested, and Southern), Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Rosybill, Scaup (Greater, Lesser, and New Zealand), and the Tufted Duck, the majority found at WWT Slimbridge.
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Flamingos
There are six species of Flamingo, the American Flamingo (Caribbean Flamingo), Andean Flamingo, Chilean Flamingo, Greater Flamingo, James's Flamingo (Puna Flamingo), and Lesser Flamingo all found at WWT Slimbridge.
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Geese
There are numerous geese around WWT Slimbridge, these include Grey Geese (Anser), Black Geese (Branta), White Geese (Chen).
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Sea Ducks
Sea Ducks (sub-family - Merginae) include Bufflehead, Eiders , Goldeneyes (Barrow's and Common), Mergansers (Common and Hooded), and Smew found at WWT Slimbridge
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Shelducks
The Shelducks are part of the 'Tadorna' genus and the following can be found at WWT S;imbridge, Australian Shelduck, Common Shelduck, Radjah Shelduck, Ruddy Shelduck, and South African Shelduck.
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Shovelers
There are three species of Shoveler found at WWT Slimbridge, Australian Shoveler, Northern Shoveler and Red Shoveler.
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Swans
At WWT Slimbridge the following Swans can be seen, Black-necked Swan, Black Swan, Mute Swan, Trumpeter Swan, Bewick's Swan, Whistling Swan, and the Whooper Swan. The Coscoroba Swan is a distant relative of the Swan and can also be seen.
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Whistling Ducks
There are eight species of Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna), the Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Fulvous Whistling Duck, Lesser Whistling Duck, Plumed Whistling Duck, Spotted Whistling Duck, Wandering Whistling Duck, West Indian Whistling Duck, and the White-faced Whistling Duck all found at WWT Slimbridge.
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Wildfowl are listed in alphabetical order on the Wildfowl Index and also for convenience grouped below:

A-B  | C-F  | G-L  | M-R  | S-Z

Wildfowl Lists
To aid finding and identifying wildfowl at WWT Slimbridge, various Lists have been compiled recording where and when the wildfowl were last seen during our various visits:-

Spotted Whistling Duck (Slimbridge May 2018)Pink-Footed Goose (Slimbridge November 2017)Whistling Swan (Slimbridge March 2019)
Duck List
Geese List
Swan List





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ANATOMY

Wildfowl Anatomy - Head
Wildfowl Anatomy - Body
Wildfowl Anatomy - Wing

Having Trouble?
If you are still having difficulty identifying a Duck, Goose or Swan at WWT Slimbridge, send a photograph to the below email address and I will do my best to identify it for you:


To aid identification, please:-
i) Attach a clear photograph,
ii) State whereabouts in WWT Slimbridge the photo was taken.




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