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Length--15½ in.

Weight--1-1/3 lbs.

The ruddy duck often dives or swims away from danger rather than flying.

When flying, their small wings stroke so fast they resemble bumblebees.

They are early to mid-fall migrants.

Drakes often cock their tails upright at an angle, the only species to

habitually do so.

Both hens and drakes are silent in the fall.