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Top 5 Ducks - The best ducks of North America

Ducks are weird, elegant, awkward, stunning, raucous, sleek, and have corkscrew penises. If that does not catch your attention, I just do not know what will.

A Hooded Merganser swims across calm waters.
The Hooded Merganser is a top 3 duck in our less-than-humble opinion!

The ducks of North America vary from shovel-faced dabblers to harlequin divers. They are found nesting in trees, cliffs, floating vegetation, grasslands, tundra, and almost any habitat you can think of. While the rest of the world also has colorful and interesting waterfowl, they won't be included in this list. Why? Two reasons. You would care about the list far less... AND you would not recognize the ducks. I write these lists to evoke interest and emotion, hoping for readers to challenge my lists in the comments below. Soooo, get to it. Read it and challenge it. Let's cut the duck fat and get commenting.

Duck migration season is right around the corner, so if you are interested in seeing some of these fantastic fowl, visit your local national wildlife refuges, wetlands, and more!


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#5 - Wood Duck

A Wood Duck swims in a national wildlife refuge.
The Wood Duck is typically overrated, but we still think it is a top 5 duck.