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Please find here some interesting Duck facts.
Ducks are related to geese and swans.
The gland that secretes the substance that coats thier feathers and makes them waterproof is located at the tail end of their back, hence the saying "like water off a duck's back"
Many species of duck are temporarily flightless while moulting, moulting normally precedes migration.
Diving ducks and sea ducks are heavier than dabbling ducks to enable them to forage deeper underwater, they therefore have more difficulty taking off to fly.
Dabbling ducks feed on the surface of water or on land, or as deep as they can reach by up-ending without completely submerging. Along the inside of the beak they have tiny rows of plates called lamellae. These let them filter water out of the side of their beaks and keep food inside.
A few specialized species such as the smew, goosander, and the mergansers are adapted to catch and swallow large fish.
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