Ducks are birds and are commonly known as “waterfowl” because they spend so much time in places with water. They love water! They are found everywhere in the world except Antarctica where it is too cold for them. Keep reading for some interesting facts on ducks below.
- Ducks are birds that are also called “waterfowls” because they are normally found in places with water like marshes, oceans, rivers, ponds, and lakes. This is because ducks love the water.
- Ducks can live from 2-12 years, depending on species.
- Some species of ducks migrate or travel long distances every year to breed. Usually they travel to warmer areas or where the water does not freeze so that they can rest and raise their young. The distance may be thousands of miles away.
- Ducks are everywhere in the world except the Antarctica which is too cold for them.
- These Ducks relates to geese and swans, but the duck is the smallest of them all.
- Ducks have shorter necks and wings than other waterfowl, and they also have a stout body. Ducks of different species look different.
- Some ducks are very colorful like the Perching ducks. Usually, the males or drakes are usually the brightly colored ones while the females (ducks) are usually dull-colored and brown in color so that they can hide and camouflage from their enemies when they are in their nests.
- Ducks have webbed feet that are designed for swimming. Their webbed feet act like paddles and they waddle instead of walk because of their feet. The duck’s feet cannot feel cold even if it swims in icy cold water because their feet have no nerves or blood vessels.
- In the months of July to December when daylight is short, ducks slow down their production of eggs. Sometimes, they stop laying eggs completely during these months. To prevent this from happening, farmers use artificial lighting so that the ducks have about 17 hours of light a day to produce eggs efficiently.
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