What are Anseriformes?

Anseriformes are the order of birds that includes two families - Anhimidae, the South American Screamers & Anatidae, the Ducks, Geese and Swans.

Waterfowl are certain wildfowl of the order Anseriformes, especially members of the family Anatidae, which includes ducks, geese, and swans. Some definitions of the term 'waterfowl' include the saltwater shorebirds or waders, gulls, pelicans, and herons, as well as seabirds such as the albatross, but 'fowl' especially refers to birds used by humans for game. They have historically been an important food source, and continue to be hunted as game, or raised as poultry for meat and eggs and are sometimes kept as pets

They are strong swimmers with medium to large bodies with webbed feet and a broad, flat, and somewhat rounded-tip bill. Some species dive deep for fishes or mollusks, others feed near the surface or filter through shallow bottom sediments. Some even graze on land. Most species of waterfowl are migratory.

A wealth of information can be found at Harteman Wildfowl. A great site that promotes wild Anseriformes, Gruiformes (cranes and allies), Charadriiformes (shorebirds and seabirds) and Ciconiiformes (flamingo, egrets, ibis etc.).



Dabbling Ducks (genus Anas)


Geese (genus Anser)

  • Bar-headed Goose (Anser indicus)
  • Emperor Goose (A. canagicus)
  • Grey-lag Goose (A. anser)
  • Lesser White-fronted Goose (Anser erythropus)
  • Ross' Goose (A. rossi)
  • Snow Goose (A. coerulescens)

Geese (genus Branta)

  • Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis)
  • Brant (B. bernicla)
  • Canada Goose (B. canadensis)
  • Hawaiian Goose (Nene) (B. sandvicensis)
  • Red-breasted Goose (B. ruficollis)

Shelducks (genus tadorna)

  • Australian Shelduck (T. tadornoides)
  • Cape Shelduck (T. cana)
  • Common Shelduck (T. tadorna)
  • Paradise Shelduck (T. variegata)
  • Radjah Shelduck (T. radjah)
  • Ruddy Shelduck (T. ferruginea)

Sheldgeese (genera Alopochen & Neochen)

  • Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus)
  • Orinoco Goose (Neochen jubatus)

Pochards (genera Aythya & Netta)

  • Canvasback (Aythya valisinera)
  • Ferruginous White-eye (Aythya nyroca)
  • Lesser Scaup (A. affinis)
  • Redhead (A. americana)
  • Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina)
  • Rosybill (N. peposaca)

Perching Ducks (genera Aix, Cairina, Cheonetta & Sarkidiornis)

  • Comb Duck (Sarkidiornis melanotos)
  • Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata)
  • North American Wood Duck (A. sponsa)
  • Maned Wood Duck (Chenonetta jubata)
  • Muscovy Duck (Cairina moschata)
  • White-winged Wood Duck (C. scutulata)

Sea Ducks & Mergansers (genera Bucephala & Mergus)

  • Bufflehead (B. albeola)
  • Hooded Merganser (M. cucullatus)
  • Smew (M. albellus)

Stiff Tails (genus Oxyura)

  • North American Ruddy Duck (O. jamaicensis)

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