Duck Facts

A baby duck is called a duckling, an adult male duck is called a drake and a female duck is called a hen

Ducks feet cannot feel the cold and explains why they can walk on ice and swimming in icy waters  -their feet have no nerves or blood vessels making the duck unable to feel cold.

All ducks have highly waterproof feathers froman oil producing gland near the duck’s tail that produces a wax like protection. Add that to natures design of the feather structure– when a duck preens itself the waxy coating is naturally spread.

The most famous duck in the world is Donald Duck from Walt Disney – his first appearance was 1934

The ducks bill. Which helps it look cute, helps the duck forage in mud and to strain food from the water

Ducks are omnivorous and feed themselves on grass, aquatic plants, insects, seeds, fruit, fish and crustaceans

During the breeding season males duck are unable to fly making them more vulnerable to attack from predators

Ducks will live between 2-12 years

Ducks are called “waterfolds” because they are normally found in places with water – ponds, stream and rivers.

Ducks are related to Geese and Swans

Their webbed feet are designed to help them swim acting as paddles

Ducks lay eggs

Some ducks feathers are used for stuffing pillows and quilts – these feathers are from the Eider Duck hence the name “eiderdown”

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