Where Do Ducks Go in the Winter?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 25, 2020 12:21:16 AM ET
ducks-winter
katdaned/Flickr/CC-BY-2.0

Like many birds, ducks go south for the winter. When the weather begins to turn cold, ducks migrate south where food sources are more abundant.

Advertisement

It is common for ducks to migrate to southern coastal areas where the winter climates are mild. Although the majority of duck species can withstand freezing temps in the north, their food sources are eliminated as water sources such as lakes and ponds begin freezing over. As the weather begins to warm back up in the north, the ducks return to their breeding grounds. They spend the winter gathering food and taking in as many nutrients possible for the journey back. When kept in captivity, ducks can live through the winter months if food is continuously provided for them.