Family: (Anatidae) Ducks, Geese, and Swans
Preferred Habitat: Coastal marshlands
Seasonal Occurrence: Common in all seasons; permanent resident
Notes: The Mottled Duck is the common breeding dabbling duck on the Upper Texas Coast and the only one which is likely to be seen in summer. Both sexes resemble a dark female Mallard. Males have brighter yellow bills than females. Mottled Ducks occur primarily in coastal waters, but may also be found in inland habitats. Mottled Ducks in Texas tend to be much darker than ones in Florida and can be very similar in appearance to the American Black Duck, which is accidental in Texas. The Mottled Duck has been placed on Audubon's Watch List because of its limited range and relatively small numbers. It is very vulnerable to population declines because of coastal wetlands loss, hurricanes, and other factors.
- Susan Billetdeaux