Wild Duck Species
Puddle ducks are found primarily on the shallows of lakes, rivers, and freshwater marshes. Puddle ducks prefer to feed on or near the water’s surface. They launch themselves directly upward when taking off.
Diving ducks inhabit large deep lakes and rivers, coastal bays, and inlets. Diving ducks obtain most of their food by diving. They must run across the water to build up speed to take off.
Wild Ducks are some of the most widespread and numerous waterfowl found in the world. There are more than 140 species of ducks across the world and have stunning variety in size, plumage and behavior. Wild Duck Species are an under appreciated part of the wild birding world, and many species of ducks have beautiful plumage and unique personalities that also help with identification.
Wild Ducks are omnivorous which means that they will eat a wide variety of foods and a varied diet provides good nutrition for healthy duckling growth, feather strength, muscle development, breeding success and more.
Ducks can be one of the most difficult types of waterfowl to identify. Not only are there many different types of ducks, but they often form mixed flocks and similar species can be seen in close proximity. Hens in particular can be challenging to distinguish, and many of the ducks propensity to hybridize further creates identification challenges with Wild Duck Species.