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Frequently Asked Questions about Ducks

Duck Questions and Answers

Question - What is a group of ducks called?
Answer - There are many collective names for ducks including 'a flock of ducks', 'a badling of ducks', 'a flush of ducks', 'a raft of ducks', 'a paddling of ducks, 'a sord of ducks', 'a team of ducks', 'waddling of ducks' and a 'a twack of ducks'. Ducks diving can be called 'a dopping of ducks', Flying Ducks can be called 'a skein of ducks" or 'a plump of ducks' and Ducks on water can be called 'a paddling of ducks'.

Question - What is a male duck & a female duck called?
Answer - A male duck is called a 'Drake' and a female duck is called a 'Duck'. A baby duck is called a 'Duckling'.

Question - What do ducks eat?
Answer - Ducks usually eat aquatic plants, leaves, roots, sedges, seeds, grasses, crops, insects, larvae, molluscs, small fish, crustaceans and invertebrates.

Question - Should i feed bread to wild ducks?
Answer - Ducks can digest bread but it doesn't contain the important vitamins, minerals and nutrients they need. It is much better to feed them wild bird seed, grains (rice, oats, sweetcorn etc), frozen peas, chopped lettuce or small pieces of vegetables.

Question - Can ducks see in colour like us and do they have good eyesight?
Answer - Ducks have much better eyesight than us and also a wide field of vision of 340 degrees. They can see colours more vibrantly than us and also ultraviolet light.

Question - What is the difference between a dabbling duck and a diving duck?
Answer - Dabbling ducks feed on the surface of the water, occasionally up-ending by putting their head underwater, but Diving ducks can feed by swimming underwater. Dabbling ducks can walk on land better as Diving ducks have their legs further back on their body giving them more efficient propulsion which helps them to dive underwater.

Question - How long does a duck such as a Mallard live?
Answer - Mallards can live about 5 to 10 years in the wild and over 8 years in captivity.

Question - Do ducks get cold in the Winter and in cold water?
Answer - Ducks have a thick layer of body fat, soft down and waterproof feathers which keeps their body warm. Their feet do not freeze because of the counter-current blood exchange that takes place. Warm blood flows from their heart to their feet and the cold blood from the feet flow back to the heart.

Question - How can i identify a duck that i have just seen?
Answer - Click the link below to view a page containing ducks from all around the world:
All Types of Ducks.