Anatidae (ducks, geese, swans, etc.)

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Number of genera: 57
Number of species: 173
Number of species completed: 40
In French: page des canards, cygnes, oies en Français

SF Dendrocygninae:


Genus Dendrocygna – 8 species
* White-faced Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna viduata
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna autumnalis
Spotted Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna guttata
West Indian Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna arborea
* Fulvous Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna bicolor
* Plumed Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna eytoni
* Wandering Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna arcuata
Lesser Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna javanica


Genus Thalassornis – 1 species
White-backed Duck Thalassornis leuconotus

SF Stictonettinae:


Genus Stictonetta – 1 species
Freckled Duck Stictonetta naevosa

SF Plectropterinae:


Genus Plectropterus – 1 species
* Spur-winged Goose Plectropterus gambensis

SF Anserinae:

Tribu Biziurini:


Genus Biziura – 1 species
Musk Duck Biziura lobata

Tribu Nettapodini:


Genus Nettapus – 3 species
African Pygmy-Goose Nettapus auritus
Cotton Pygmy-Goose Nettapus coromandelianus
Green Pygmy-Goose Nettapus pulchellus

Tribu Oxyurini:


Genus Heteronetta – 1 species
Black-headed Duck Heteronetta atricapilla


Genus Nomonyx – 1 species
Masked Duck Nomonyx dominicus


Genus Oxyura – 5 species
Lake Duck Oxyura vittata
Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis
Blue-billed Duck Oxyura australis
Maccoa Duck Oxyura maccoa
White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala

Tribu Anserini:


Genus Malacorhynchus – 1 species
* Pink-eared Duck Malacorhynchus membranaceus


Genus Coscoroba – 1 species
Coscoroba Swan Coscoroba coscoroba


Genus Cereopsis – 1 species
Cape Barren Goose Cereopsis novaehollandiae


Genus Sthenelides – 1 species
Black-necked Swan Sthenelides melancoryphus


Genus Cygnus – 5 species
Black Swan Cygnus atratus
* Mute Swan Cygnus olor
* Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus
Trumpeter Swan Cygnus buccinator
* Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus


Genus Branta – 6 species
* Brent Goose Branta bernicla
Red-breasted Goose Branta ruficollis
Hawaiian Goose / Nene Branta sandvicensis
* Canada Goose Branta canadensis
* Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis
Cackling Goose Branta hutchinsii


Genus Anser – 12 species
Bar-headed Goose Anser indicus
Emperor Goose Anser canagicus
* Snow Goose Anser caerulescens
Ross’s Goose Anser rossii
* Greylag Goose Anser anser
Swan Goose Anser cygnoides
Lesser White-fronted Goose Anser erythropus
* Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons
Taiga Bean-Goose Anser fabalis
* Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus
Tundra Bean-Goose Anser serrirostris
Middendorf’s Bean-Goose Anser middendorffii

SF Anatinae:

Tribu Tadornini:


Genus Merganetta – 1 species
Torrent Duck Merganetta armata


Genus Neochen – 1 species
Orinoco Goose Neochen jubata


Genus Oressochen – 1 species
Andean Goose Oressochen melanopterus


Genus Chloephaga – 4 species
Upland Goose Chloephaga picta
Kelp Goose Chloephaga hybrida
Ashy-headed Goose Chloephaga poliocephala
Ruddy-headed Goose Chloephaga rubidiceps


Genus Radjah – 1 species
* Radjah Shelduck Radjah radjah


Genus Alopochen – 3 species
* Egyptian Goose Alopochen aegyptiaca
Reunion Sheldgoose Alopochen kervazoi
Mauritius Sheldgoose Alopochen mauritiana


Genus Tadorna – 6 species
* Common Shelduck Tadorna tadorna
South African Shelduck Tadorna cana
* Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea
Australian Shelduck Tadorna tadornoides
Paradise Shelduck Tadorna variegata
Crested Shelduck Tadorna cristata

Tribu Mergini:


Genus Histrionicus – 1 species
Harlequin Duck Histrionicus histrionicus


Genus Camptorhynchus – 1 species
Labrador Duck Camptorhynchus labradorius


Genus Clangula – 1 species
Long-tailed Duck / Oldsquaw Clangula hyemalis


Genus Polysticta – 1 species
Steller’s Eider Polysticta stelleri


Genus Somateria – 3 species
Spectacled Eider Somateria fischeri
King Eider Somateria spectabilis
* Common Eider Somateria mollissima


Genus Melanitta – 4 species
Surf Scoter Melanitta perspicillata
White-winged Scoter Melanitta fusca
Common Scoter Melanitta nigra
Black Scoter Melanitta americana


Genus Bucephala – 3 species
Bufflehead Bucephala albeola
* Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula
Barrow’s Goldeneye Bucephala islandica


Genus Mergellus – 1 species
Smew Mergellus albellus


Genus Lophodytes – 1 species
Hooded Merganser Lophodytes cucullatus


Genus Mergus – 5 species
New Zealand Merganser / Auckland Islands Merganser Mergus australis
Brazilian Merganser Mergus octosetaceus
* Common Merganser Mergus merganser
Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator
Scaly-sided Merganser Mergus squamatus

Tribu Cairinini:


Genus Cairina – 1 species
Muscovy Duck Cairina moschata


Genus Aix – 2 species
Wood Duck Aix sponsa
Mandarin Duck Aix galericulata

Tribu Callonettini:


Genus Callonetta – 1 species
Ringed Teal Callonetta leucophrys

Tribu Aythyini:


Genus Chenonetta – 1 species
Maned Duck Chenonetta jubata


Genus Hymenolaimus – 1 species
Blue Duck Hymenolaimus malacorhynchos


Genus Sarkidiornis – 2 species
Comb Duck Sarkidiornis sylvicola
Knob-billed Duck Sarkidiornis melanotos


Genus Pteronetta – 1 species
Hartlaub’s Duck Pteronetta hartlaubii


Genus Cyanochen – 1 species
Blue-winged Goose Cyanochen cyanoptera


Genus Marmaronetta – 1 species
* Marbled Duck Marmaronetta angustirostris


Genus Asarcornis – 1 species
White-winged Duck Asarcornis scutulata


Genus Rhodonessa – 1 species
Pink-headed Duck Rhodonessa caryophyllacea


Genus Netta – 1 species
* Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina


Genus Metopiana – 1 species
Rosy-billed Pochard Metopiana peposaca


Genus Phaeoaythia – 1 species
Southern Pochard Phaeoaythia erythrophthalma


Genus Aythya – 12 species
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca
Baer’s Pochard Aythya baeri
Madagascan Pochard Aythya innotata
* Hardhead Aythya australis
Redhead Aythya americana
* Common Pochard Aythya ferina
Canvasback Aythya valisineria
* Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula
New Zealand Scaup Aythya novaeseelandiae
Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris
* Greater Scaup Aythya marila
* Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis

Tribu Anatini:


Genus Lophonetta – 1 species
Crested Duck Lophonetta specularioides


Genus Amazonetta – 1 species
Brazilian Teal Amazonetta brasiliensis


Genus Speculanas – 1 species
Spectacled Duck / Bronze-winged Duck Speculanas specularis


Genus Tachyeres – 4 species
Falkland Steamer-Duck Tachyeres brachypterus
Flightless Steamer-Duck / Fuegian Steamer-Duck Tachyeres pteneres
Flying Steamer-Duck Tachyeres patachonicus
White-headed Steamer-Duck / Chubut Steamer-Duck Tachyeres leucocephalus


Genus Sibirionetta – 1 species
Baikal Teal Sibirionetta formosa


Genus Spatula – 10 species
* Garganey Spatula querquedula
Hottentot Teal Spatula hottentota
Puna Teal Spatula puna
Silver Teal Spatula versicolor
Red Shoveler Spatula platalea
* Blue-winged Teal Spatula discors
Cinnamon Teal Spatula cyanoptera
Cape Shoveler Spatula smithii
* Northern Shoveler Spatula clypeata
Australasian Shoveler Spatula rhynchotis


Genus Mareca – 6 species
* Gadwall Mareca strepera
Falcated Duck Mareca falcata
Eurasian Wigeon Mareca penelope
Amsterdam Wigeon Mareca marecula
American Wigeon Mareca americana
Chiloe Wigeon Mareca sibilatrix


Genus Anas – 33 species
African Black Duck Anas sparsa
* Yellow-billed Duck Anas undulata
Meller’s Duck Anas melleri
* Philippine Duck Anas luzonica
* Pacific Black Duck Anas superciliosa
Laysan Duck Anas laysanensis
Hawaiian Duck Anas wyvilliana
Indian Spot-billed Duck Anas poecilorhyncha
* Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
Eastern Spot-billed Duck Anas zonorhyncha
American Black Duck Anas rubripes
Mexican Duck Anas diazi
Mottled Duck Anas fulvigula
* Eurasian Teal Anas crecca
Green-winged Teal Anas carolinensis
Andean Teal Anas andium
Yellow-billed Teal Anas flavirostris
Cape Teal Anas capensis
Red-billed Teal Anas erythrorhyncha
White-cheeked Pintail Anas bahamensis
Yellow-billed Pintail Anas georgica
* Northern Pintail Anas acuta
Kerguelen Pintail / Eaton’s Pintail Anas eatoni
Chestnut Teal Anas castanea
Andaman Teal Anas albogularis
Sunda Teal Anas gibberifrons
Grey Teal Anas gracilis
Madagascan Teal / Bernier’s Teal Anas bernieri
Mascarene Teal Anas theodori
Chatham Duck Anas chathamica
Brown Teal Anas chlorotis
Auckland Teal Anas aucklandica
Campbell Teal Anas nesiotis


Genus Salvadorina – 1 species
Salvadori’s Teal Salvadorina waigiuensis

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