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Duck Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Mary Grace Miller

Mary Grace has taught first grade for 8 years and has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and is licensed in ESL.

What do ducks look like? How many different kinds of ducks are there? What do ducks eat? Do they always have to live in water? This lesson will teach you lots of interesting facts about ducks!

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 usually live together in groups called flocks.
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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?

Some ducks migrate south during winter to find a warmer climate.
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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?

Ducklings have down, or light feathers, when they are born.
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