What Are Ducks?
Your neighborhood has a pond in it, and you see ducks there all the time. Your sister tells you that the ducks in your neighborhood are called mallard ducks and that there are other types of ducks that look different from mallards. Let's learn more about ducks!
Ducks are birds. They have strong bills, or beaks, and webbed feet. Webbed feet are feet that have toes connected by skin. This is different from human feet! There are over 30 different kinds of ducks that can be different colors and sizes. However, most ducks are between one and two feet long.
Where Do Ducks Live?
Ducks are great swimmers, so they have to live near water. They live in lakes and ponds all over the world! Some ducks live in marshes, which are swampy areas of low land. Some ducks live in cold places, so they migrate, or move, south during the winter months.
What Do Ducks Eat?
Ducks are omnivores. This means that they eat both plants and animals. Ducks like to eat plants, insects, worms, and other small animals. They can find food both on land and in the water. Female wood ducks have to eat a lot of invertebrates, or animals without backbones, so that they can get enough protein and minerals to lay an egg. This means that they would be eating more than 300 invertebrates each hour for 8 hours!
How Do Ducks Grow?
Female ducks lay between 5 and 12 eggs at one time. The mother duck builds a nest for her eggs and sits on them to keep them warm. Some kinds of ducks, like wood ducks and ruddy ducks, lay eggs in the nests of other ducks so that they do not have to build their own nests! After about one month, baby ducklings hatch from the eggs. Ducks are born with soft down, or fine feathers. As they grow older, they grow their waterproof adult feathers. Ducks can live to be 7 to 15 years old.
Fun Facts about Ducks
- Did you know that male and female ducks have different names? Male ducks are called drakes, while female ducks are called hens.
- Ducks do not have any feeling in their feet!
- A group of ducks is called a flock.
- Ducks can move their wings and feathers to show lots of different feelings, including anger and love!
Ducks are birds with strong bills, or beaks, and webbed feet. Ducks live near water in ponds, lakes, and marshes, or swampy areas, all over the world. Ducks are omnivores and eat both plants and animals, including insects, worms, and leaves.
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Duck: Word Search Activity
This activity will help you assess your knowledge of the interesting facts about ducks.
For this activity, you'll need a printer to reproduce the following page. Search for and circle or highlight the words that will complete each of the given clues. Afterward, neatly write them in the appropriate spaces.
- A __________ is an aquatic bird described by its flat bills and webbed feet, which is mostly smaller than swans and geese.
- Ducks are typically found in areas where there is an abundance of __________, such as in lakes and ponds.
- Webbed feed is an adaptation of aquatic animals where their toes are connected by a thin piece of __________.
- __________ are swampy areas of low, wetland, often with tall grasses.
- Animals that are able to consume both plants and animals are called __________.
- __________ refers to a large number of birds that live together for the purpose of migration.
- A __________ is a fully mature adult male duck.
- Ducks have __________ feathers that prevent them from being drenched with water.
- Female wood ducks would feast on __________ to have enough protein and minerals to lay eggs.
- Female __________ ducks lay their eggs in the nests of other ducks.
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