RING-NECKED DUCK Aythya collaris

An abundant duck in North America, breeding across Alaska and Canada in the taiga belt, and south to California's elevated areas. Migrating south in winter as far as Mexico and the West Indies, it is well known for numerous records of vagrancy to Europe and eastern Asia. It is annual in the UK, where not many are kept in captivity, some birds return over several years and it is unlikely they go back to the US, although I can find no breeding records. The ring giving it its name is rarely seen but can be captured on a photograph.

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