Waterfowl Eating the Seeds
& Foliage of Pondweeds
(Potamogeton spp.)

Waterfowl Species
Scientific Name Common Name
Aix sponsa Wood Duck
Anas acuta* Northern Pintail
Anas americana* American Wigeon
Anas clypeata Northern Shoveler
Anas crecca*  Green-Winged Teal
Anas discors Blue-Winged Teal
Anas platyrhynchos* Mallard
Anas rubripes Black Duck
Anas strepera* Gadwall
Aythya affinis* Lesser Scaup
Aythya americana* Redhead
Aythya collaris* Ring-Necked Duck
Aythya marila Greater Scaup
Aythya valisneria Canvasback
Bucephala albeola Bufflehead
Bucephala clangula Goldeneye
Oxyura jamaicensis Ruddy Duck
Branta canadensis Canada Goose
Cygnus buccinator Trumpter Swan
Cygnus olor Mute Swan
Fulica americana American Coot

*observed to feed on Potamogeton foliosus (Leafy Pondweed)

Sources: Anderson (1959), Bellrose (1942/1976),
Havera (1999), Martin et al. (1951/1961)

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