Published on Jun 11, 2017

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We are all familiar with ducks. Ducks are members of the Anatidae family and belong to the Aves class. They should not be confused with large birds such as swans and geese. Ducks are small waterfowl birds inhabiting both fresh and sea water. Ducks are sometimes confused from with grebes and coots. The word “duck” comes from an old English duce, which means a diver.

The body of the duck is wide and stable with long, flexible necks, similar to larger birds. The body of the diving ducks is slightly rounded. The bill or beak is less wide and covered with serrated lamellae adapted for filter feeding. The beak is a long and heavily serrated species of fishing. The legs are equipped with scales and are located somewhat to the rear side of the body. Wings are strong, short and pointed, and the field of ducks consists of fast, continuous strokes that require rapid movement of the flight muscles. Three species of ducks are flightless.

Drakes of northern species have extravagant plumage, but southern species show less sexual dimorphism. Paradise Shelduck of New Zealand shows a well-developed sexual dimorphism, where the plumage of the female is much brighter compared to the plumage of the male. The plumage of ducks usually resembles that of females.


Ducks prefer to eat a wide variety of food sources, such as herbs, insects, fish, aquatic plants, small amphibians, worms and other mollusks. Diving ducks and sea ducks forage under water. The body of diving ducks is slightly heavier than dabbling ducks, so they can not fly. Small ducks feed on materials that are on the surface of the water and catch food on the ground. At the edge of the beak, there is a structure similar to the ridge, known as Pecten. It acts as a filter and helps in the seizure of food.

Some species, such as smew and the goosanders are able to capture and swallow large fish. Other species have flat noses to pull water pepper, pulling mud and small mollusks, insects and other worms. Ducks are monogamous and this bond lasts only for one year. Larger and more sedentary species have long-term pairs of connections. Most species tend to breed once in a year under favorable conditions. The noise produced by a duck is called a quacking. Diving ducks have a wide range of challenges, such as whistle cooing, iodine, and grunt. Calls can be strong or very conversational.

Ducks are also part of the fiction, like Donald Duck, a famous cartoon character and appeared in Walt Disney for the first time in 1934. Daffy Duck is a well-known cartoon character in Warner Bros.

Ducks are cute animals that make the surroundings beauty.

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