Ducks are our best-known water birds. You can watch them on almost any large body of water. Although we come across them frequently, most of us know very little about the lives of ducks. But it is worth our while to look at them more closely.
Ducks, geese and swans, too, are counted among the family of Anatidae. But how is a duck distinguished from a goose or a swan?
Ducks are small in comparison to their relatives. Depending on the species, they are pigeon or chicken sized. Their necks are mostly shorter than those of swans or geese. The duck’s bill is broad and flat in many species. And often the males of the ducks – contrary to geese or swans – are gaudily coloured.