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Ducks are curious and friendly creatures they have been domesticated as pets and farm animals for more than 500 years. All domestic ducks are descended from either the Mallard or the Muscovy duck.
Ducks have featured as popular cartoon characters over the years, such as Walt Disney's Donald Duck and Warner Brothers, Daffy Duck.
Ducks are omnivores. They feed on aquatic plants, small fish, insects, worms, grubs and more. People often feed domesticated ducks bread.
The Guardian (British newspaper) published an article on Monday 16 March 2015 advising that ducks should not be fed with bread because it damages the health of the ducks and pollutes waterways.
Ducks are mostly aquatic birds living in both fresh water and sea water and found on every continent except for Antarctica.
There are documented tales of cats nursing ducklings, and, as the ducks grow, the two creatures living in harmony as members of the same family rather than becoming enemies!
All ducks have highly waterproof feathers due to the feathers interlocking nature and waxy coating.
It’s a fact that a wild duck can live 20 years or more. The world record is a Mallard Drake that lived to a ripe old age of 27 years. Domestic ducks typically live 10-15 years or less in captivity.
There are approximately 120 different species of ducks. There are more than 40 breeds of domestic duck.
A common urban legend is that a ducks quack does not echo. This has however, been proven to be false.
In general, male ducks are more colorful than their female counterparts.
Ducks have three eyelids. The normal top and bottom, as well as a third that’s found on the side of the eye. The third eyelid is clear and acts like goggles would for a human.
Male ducks attract female ducks with their colorful feather while the female ducks will lead the male ducks to their breeding ground in the spring.
Ducks have webbed feet which allows them to paddle and swim in the water more smoothly.
Ducks feet has no nerves or blood vessels, meaning that their feet do not feel the cold! This enables ducks to swim in icy water, and walk in ice and snow.
Because of their wide distribution through many types of habitats, ducks have many predators. Some of these include hawks, coyotes, foxes, raccoons and large fish.
Some duck species, mainly those breeding in the temperate and Arctic Northern Hemisphere, are migratory; those in the tropics, however, are generally not.
Male ducks have an eclipse plumage similar to females that they wear after the breeding season for about a month as their new feathers grow. During that month, they are completely flightless and more vulnerable to predators
Ducks are social animals and can always be found in large groups of other ducks.