A girl duck, or hen makes a loud QUACK sound while the boy duck, or drake has a raspy, muffled call.
Ducks sleep with half their brains awake. Ducks are more likely to sleep with one eye open when they are located on the edge of sleeping groups. They can detect predators in less than a second.
Ducks can live 20 or more years with good care and feeding. The world’s record is held by a Mallard Drake that lived 27 years. Quacktastic!
Baby ducks are precocial, meaning they are born with their eyes wide open, with a warm layer of down, and are not fully dependant on their parents for food. Ducklings are ready to leave the nest within hours of hatching.
Ducks have very good vision, and they see in color.
Did you know that a duck’s quack doesn’t echo? Nobody knows why.
This is just a few tidbits that I came across. Some of them I know are true, some who knows. How can anyone tell if a duck sees in color? It’s a little hard to ask them if the sky is blue. The echo one is interesting though. I will have to start listening closely to check it out.