Laysan duck

Laysan taling

Laysan duck (Anas laysanensis)

The Laysan duck (Anas laysanensis) is a dabbling duck from the family of water birds that includes ducks, geese, and swans (Anatidae).

Species name

Dutch name:
Laysan taling
English name:
Laysan duck
German name:
French name:
Canard de Laysan
Scientific name:
Anas laysanensis

Scientific classification




Male have a slight green iridescence to the dark head, the amount of white around the eye and on the head varies between individuals. Rest of body chestnut mottled with dark brown. Iridescent speculum appears teal green, or blue. Dark green bill. 

Reduced White on head; although white does seem to increase with age. Underparts browner. Central tail feathers straight. Speculam lacks green gloss, appearing dull brown. Bill Brownish-yellow with dull orange on sides and behind tip; legs and feet orange.


The Laysan Duck is rarely observed swimming or flying and spends about 10 percent of its time each day walking or running on the ground. During midday the ducks rest and they come out to feed during the evening and night. Vocalizations are similar to that of a mallard but are rarely heard except during courtship. Male ducks fighting for mates are observed pulling at each other's breast feathers.

Laysan ducks (Laysan teal) are easy-going with a friendly personality; they are suitable for mixed collections.The enclosure should contain water, loafing areas and cover.

Standard Measurements

Body Length (cm):
The male (drake) of the Laysan duck measures approximately 38-43 centimeters. The female measures approximately 38-43 centimeters.
Body Weight (grams):
The male will weight about 447 gram. The female will weight about 451 gram.
The weight is notoriously variable and can only be used as indication!

This duck breeds well in captivity; they normally lay end of April to June, ground-level nest boxes and good close ground cover should be provided for breeding. The ducklings may be parent or hand reared. 

The female Laysan duck usually lays from 5-6 greenish-white eggs and incubates them for 26 days.

Bird banding:
Recommended leg band size for the Laysan duck is 9 mm.
The leg band can only be applied on a young dabbling duck at around 12-14 days old.

It doesn't matter what leg that you band, but it is good to have a consistent system.
Suggested: Left leg = Female, Right leg = Male
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