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Fast facts: Ducks

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Danny Devito the duck as a baby

1: Ducks’ feathers are waterproof.

Ducks have very waterproof feathers thanks to a complex feather pattern and a wax-like coating that they spread onto their feathers while preening.The waxy oil is produced in their preen gland, a small gland at the base of their tail. Duck feathers are so waterproof that they can dive completely underwater and the downy under-feathers will stay totally dry.

 

2: Ducks don’t get cold feet.
Thanks to their circulatory system,ducks don’t get cold feet.Their feet have an alignment of blood vessels, with veins and arteries lying next to each other. As warm blood comes down the legs from the body and meets the cooled blood coming back up, heat is exchanged.

 

3: Male ducks, called a drake, have a singular curled feather called the drake curl.

A mature drake will often display one or more curled feathers right at the top of his tail. Drakes usually develop this feather when they get their adult plumage, around 8-12 weeks of age.

 

4: Ducks can sleep with one eye open!

Ducks tend to sleep in a group setting, having themselves lined up in a row. The birds holding each end of the row are supposed to have light sleep and remain alert for close by movements. so the birds at the row end sleep with one of their eyes open, as the group’s assigned guards.

 

5:Ducklings can imprint on you

“Imprinting” is the word for how, after hatching, young birds identify the first being they encounter as their mother.This usually occurs in the first 12 to 36 hours after they hatch

Works Cited

Conserving Canada’s Wetlands. 1 Dec. 2016, www.ducks.ca/stories/science/how-do-ducks-feet-stay-warm/#:~:text=When%20a%20duck’s%20feet%20are,warms%20up%20a%20few%20degrees. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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    Ailey NelsonJan 29, 2024 at 7:28 am

    YES MIKAELA!!! MORE DUCK ARTICLES!!!!

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