Facts About Ducks
Ducks belong to the bird family Anatidae.
Species of ducks are found on all continents except Antarctica.
Ducks are precocial which means they are relatively mature from the moment of birth. They are covered in down and are able to walk and leave the nest soon after hatching.
Ducks do not mate for life but they most species are monogamous for a breeding season.
Very few ducks actually quack. In fact most male ducks are silent and those who do call make sounds like squeaks, grunts, chirps, growls and whistles. And of course a duck’s quack does echo.
There are a number of terms for a group of ducks including a plump, a paddling, a sord, a raft and a twack.
A baby duck is called a duckling, an adult male is a drake and an adult female may be called a hen or a duck.
A duck’s feathers are waterproof due to an intricate structure and waxy coating that is spread on each feather during preening. When a duck dives underwater the waterproof top feathers will keep the layer of downy feathers closest to the body completely dry.
After breeding season a duck will moult out all their flight feathers so for about a month they can’t fly and are vulnerable to predators. The bright feathers are replaced by brown ones and this is why in summer it appears that all drakes have disappeared.
A duck’s quack does echo.