Date: 7/6/17 9:15 am From: Robert O'Brien <baro...> Subject: [obol] AOU: RIP RNDU.................sigh...
In the first edition of his Field Guide to the Birds (1934) Roger Tory Peterson states under the Ring-necked Duck heading
"The name Ring-billed Duck would be more appropriate, as an examination at very close range is necessary to be aware of the dull chestnut ring that encircles the neck."
I doubt he was the first to mention this.
Whenever I pointed out this duck to casual birding friends or acquaintances I would always mention this bit of avian trivia. I really enjoyed that. But no more. Many decades later the AOU has done the deed. I'm going to miss the Ring-necked Duck sorely.
See attached photo. The Oregon Zoo allows RTP's very close examination. I imagine hunters also had/have the occasion for such an examination.