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March Madness: Awesome Oddities

By March 13, 2012

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The wood duck triumphed over its Asian cousin to win the latest matchup and move on to the next round of March Madness votes, but which of today's unusual-looking ducks will prevail? Your votes will decide!

The harlequin duck is a hardy diver that thrives along rocky shores, and its clown-like markings and bold colors make it easily recognizable. Females are more camouflaged but share the same grace in the most turbulent waters.

The northern shoveler is a widespread dabbler common in shallow waters, where it uses its large spatulate bill to "shovel" food with suprising delicacy. The bold colors of the male are unmistakable, and camouflaged females are easily identified by bill shape.

Which of these ducks will move on to the next round of voting? Cast your votes to help lead them closer to the 2012 Championship Bird!

Voting is now closed for this matchup. See which bird was victorious and keep casting your votes all month long!


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