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 pusillus (Slender Pondweed)

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

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