Average life span in the wild: 5 to 10 years
Size:20 to 26 in (50 to 65 cm)
Weight:2 to 3 lbs (1 to 1.4 kg)
Group name:Sord (in flight)
Duck is the common name for a number of species in the family of birds. Ducks are mostly aquatic birds, mostly smaller than the swans and geese, and may be found in both fresh water and sea water. Ducks are sometimes confused with several types of unrelated water birds with similar forms, such as loons or divers, grebes, gallinules, and coots.
What does a duck look like?
The body of ducks are long and broad, and the ducks are also relatively long-necked, but not as long-necked as the geese and swans. The body shape of diving ducks varies somewhat from this in being more rounded. The scaled legs are strong and well developed, and generally set far back on the body. The wings are very strong and are generally short and pointed, and the flight of ducks requires fast continuous strokes, requiring in turn strong wing muscles.
Where do ducks live?
Ducks can be found in freshwater wetlands, estuaries and coastal waters. The surface of the water provides their food, although some ducks will dive underwater to gather their meal. With so much natural buoyancy, diving ducks must expel air before plunging below the surface. Ducks can be found almost anywhere in the world except for Antarctica. Numerous ducks have managed to establish themselves on oceanic islands such as Hawaii, New Zealand and Kerguelen, although many of these species and populations are threatened or have become extinct.
What does a duck eat?
Ducks enjoy a variety of food sources such as grasses, aquatic plants, fish, insects, small amphibians, worms, and small molluscs.
What are the natural enemies of the duck?
Ducks have many predators. Ducklings are particularly vulnerable, since their inability to fly makes them easy prey not only for predatory birds but also large fish like pike, crocodilians, and other aquatic hunters, including fish-eating birds such as herons.
How do ducks swim?
Ducks are made for the water. Their web feet propel them through the water, and with their streamlined body and thick plumage, ducks easily glide through the water. Only three toes are webbed. The unwebbed hind toe, which is raised, helps ducks walk on land, giving them a distinctive waddle.
Did you know?
Ducks do not have blood vessels or nerves in their feet so they can swim in water of any temperature.
Most duck species do not quack, but instead make a wide range of calls ranging from whistles to coos, yodels to grunts, and much more.
Most duck bills are lined with serrated "lamellae" — thin, plate-like structures that aid in filter feeding.
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