Ducks have developed numerous adaptations, such as their feathers, camouflage, bills and flight skills. Many different types of ducks and waterfowl can exist in the same habitat because their feeding habits vary from one type of bird to the next. The diversity in the duck population is wide, and each species of duck has different features, no matter how similar they look.Know More
Mallards have adapted the ability to take off from the surface of the water with an almost explosive force, in an almost vertical manner. Blue-winged teal ducks are what are referred to as dabbler ducks. These ducks feed by tipping forward and taking in a mouth full of water. The duck's bill is made so that it can filter out the food from the water, as well as filter the good and the bad food. The water dribbles out the side of the bill so that the duck can consume the food.
Some types of ducks dive for their food. Their ability to dive under the water means they are less buoyant than their dabbler counterparts. A duck's feathers are made to be water-resistant and help them float on the surface of the water. Air sacs in the respiratory system also help them float.Learn more about Waterfowl
Baby ducks are called ducklings, and a group of ducklings being cared for by their mother is called a brood. A group of ducks in flight is referred to as a flock. On the water the group is a raft.Full Answer >
The mallard, wood duck, green-winged teal, northern shoveler and black-bellied whistling duck are some of the over 25 species of ducks living in North America. Ducks belong to different categories based on shared features such as feeding habits and habitat. Dabblers, diving ducks and sea ducks are three such categories.Full Answer >
Pekin ducks can be fed commercial waterfowl feed or can be fed commercial chicken layer feed supplemented with niacin and leafy green vegetables. Alternatively, ducks can be allowed to forage for insects, snails, frogs and green vegetables. Ducks that forage may need to have their diet supplemented with commercial feed.Full Answer >
Firefly Books publishes "Waterfowl of Eastern North America," which is an illustrated guide to ducks and other waterfowl to the west of the Continental Divide. Popular generic field guides, like the "Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Western North America" and its eastern counterpart contain most major American waterfowl.Full Answer >