Short about Ducks
Are small domesticated or wild swimming birds that are broad-billed and web-footed belonging to the Anatidae family of birds.
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Ducks are found in grasslands and both salt as well as fresh water and divided into river ducks and sea ducks.
A full grown duck can weigh about 8 lbs and can grow to about 16 to 20 inches in length. Their lifespan is 2 – 20 years
They eat grass, tree leaves, fish, insects, worms and small amphibians. They are opportunistic and will eat fruit, seeds, aquatic plants and crustaceans.
Their bill helps them forage food in mud and to strain it from water. They are flightless and vulnerable to predators as they shed their feathers during the breeding season.
Ducks are generally monogamous for the breeding season and most species breed once a year.
The collective name for a group is a team raft or brace. Babies are called ducklings. Adult males are called drakes and females are called ducks.
All ducks have highly waterproof feathers as a result of an intricate feather structure and a waxy coating that is spread on each feather while preening.
Ducks are precocial which means that they are covered with down and able to leave their nest jest a few hours after hatching
They pluck their own down feathers from their breast to line the nest for cushioning and insulating the eggs in the nest.
Ducks make a wide range of sounds. They quack, squeak, grunt, groan, chirp, whistle, bray and growl.
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