English for Agriculture - Beginners and Intermediate
A male duck is called a drake.
A female duck is called a hen.
A group of ducks is called a flock.
The duck's mouth is called a bill.
Ducks are birds. They are also called "waterfowls" because they are normally found in places with open water, like ponds, marshes, wetlands, lakes and rivers. They are related to geese and swans. The duck is the smallest of them all. Ducks also have shorter necks and wings and a stronger body. They can live from 2-12 years, depending on breed. Ducks have a thick body that is good for swimming and keeping body heat when they are in water. Their plumage is created for not to get wet even when they are inside the water. This helps them not to get cold so easily. Their legs are set far back on their body, that is why they walk so strange but this is good for swimming. Ducks have webbed feet that are perfect for swimming and diving. Their webbed feet act like paddles for the ducks. Some ducks travel longs distances every year to breed. Usually they travel to warmer areas or where the water does not freeze so that they can rest and raise their young. The distance may be thousands of miles away. Ducks are found everywhere in the world except the Antarctica which is too cold for them. Ducks, like other animals, are useful to human beings. These animals are important to humans because they provide us with eggs and meat to eat. Some ducks provide us with feathers which are used for stuffing quilts and pillows. In many areas, foreign species of ducks are introduced to parks and gardens because of their exotic beauty, and in some cases these ducks can become invasive and problematic for native ducks.
How they hunt for food?
The shape of the bill and body features will determine how the duck hunt for its food. Based on how they hunt. We can separate them in three types of ducks: the shovelers, sea ducks, and dabbling ducks.
Curious facts about ducks
• Ducklings are able to fly within 5-8 weeks.
• Ducks usually look for a mate or partner in winter.
• The duck's feet cannot feel cold even if it swims in icy cold water because its feet have no nerves or blood vessels!
• The males use their colorful plumage to attract females.