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The white-backed duck (Thalassornis leuconotus) is a waterbird of the family Anatidae. It is distinct from all other ducks, but most closely related to the whistling ducks in the subfamily Dendrocygninae, though also showing some similarities to the stiff-tailed ducks in the subfamily Oxyurinae. It is the only member of the genus Thalassornis. These birds are well adapted for diving. On occasions they have been observed to stay under water for up to half a minute. They search especially for…

The white-backed duck (Thalassornis leuconotus) is a waterbird of the family Anatidae. It is distinct from all other ducks, but most closely related to the whistling ducks in the subfamily Dendrocygninae, though also showing some similarities to the stiff-tailed ducks in the subfamily Oxyurinae. It is the only member of the genus Thalassornis. These birds are well adapted for diving. On occasions they have been observed to stay under water for up to half a minute. They search especially for…

Barrow's Golden Eye. (Bucephala islandica) Female to the left, male to the right.

Barrow's Golden Eye. (Bucephala islandica) Female to the left, male to the right.

Masked Duck Nomonyx dominicus Reserva Ecologica de Guapi Assu, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil. Female on the right, male on the left.

Masked Duck Nomonyx dominicus Reserva Ecologica de Guapi Assu, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil. Female on the right, male on the left.

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