Posts tagged ‘Ducks’

Can ducks swim without being taught?

Like all young waterfowl, ducks don’t have to be taught how to swim.  A baby duck knows how to swim as soon as it hatches from the egg.  The mother duck leads the ducklings to the water as soon as they can travel.

It will take a duckling six or more weeks before learning to fly.  During their first few months, the young duckling lives on water insects, grasses and other kinds of plant life.

Ducks and most other water birds have a special way to keep dry.  They use their bills to spread waterproofing oil over their feathers.  The oil comes from a gland near their tails.–Dick Rogers

Why doesn’t a bird fall off its perch when it sleeps?

Perhaps you, too, have wondered how sparrows and other perching birds can sleep on a twig or branch without falling off.  The answer is that the sleeping bird cant fall because it feet are actually “locked” on the perch.

Bird

Each of the bird’s toes are connected with a cord inside the log.  When the bird sits on a branch, the bending of the leg tightens the cord and pulls the toes around the branch.

As a result, the toes are clamped to the branch and even in sleep the bird cannot lose its hold.  The toes are loosened only when the bird awakens and stands up.

By looking at a bird’s feet we can tell a good deal about its way of life.  The strong feet of hawks and owls are provided with sharp, curved talons with which to catch their prey.

Ducks and other swimming birds have webbed feet which they use to paddle through water.

Still other birds have feet adapted for climbing, scratching, wading, running, and so on. – Dick Rogers