duckWaterfowl:
Ducks, Geese, & Swans

Ducks, geese, and swans are migratory waterfowl. These birds live near water such as ponds and lakes. They move with the seasons flying south in the winter and north in the summer.

Ducks are smaller than geese. The males and females have different feather colors. Unlike ducks, geese have only one mate and both parents care for their chicks.

There are two types of ducks: puddle ducks and diving ducks. The Mallard is the most common duck in the world. The photo on the right shows a female Mallard. The male Mallard has a green head.

The Canada Goose is common throughout North America. It can most often be found near water. It has a black head and neck with a white area on the cheek.

The nene (Hawaiian geese) are one of the few native birds on the Hawaiian islands. They look like geese and probably arrived a few million years ago from Canada. They now live away from the water in the high, arid lands near the Haleakala Volcano. Unlike most geese, their feet aren't webbed. These endangered birds were almost extinct a century ago.

Swans are the largest waterfowl.

Movies

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Duck
http://tipt3.utoledo.edu/starters/waterfowl/duck.mov
Description (QuickTime Movie, no sound): Duck swimming in stream at Yellowstone National Park.

Nene
http://tipt3.utoledo.edu/starters/waterfowl/nene.mov
Description (QuickTime Movie, no sound): A Nene standing and walking at Haleakala National Park (middle sized video window).

Nene
http://tipt3.utoledo.edu/starters/waterfowl/nene1.mov
Description (QuickTime Movie, no sound): A Nene standing and walking at Haleakala National Park (small sized video window).

Nene
http://tipt3.utoledo.edu/starters/waterfowl/neneCUFull.mov
Description (QuickTime Movie, no sound): A Nene standing and walking at Haleakala National Park (large sized video window).

Swan Cleaning
http://tipt3.utoledo.edu/starters/waterfowl/swanclean.mov
Description (QuickTime Movie, no sound): Swan swimming and cleaning in a stream at Yellowstone National Park.

Swan Eating
http://tipt3.utoledo.edu/starters/waterfowl/swaneat.mov
Description (QuickTime Movie, no sound): Swan eating and swimming in a stream at Yellowstone National Park.

Photographs

Duck from Glacier National Park
http://tipt3.utoledo.edu/starters/waterfowl/duck1a.jpg
http://tipt3.utoledo.edu/starters/waterfowl/duck1b.jpg
http://tipt3.utoledo.edu/starters/waterfowl/duck1c.jpg
http://tipt3.utoledo.edu/starters/waterfowl/duck1d.jpg

Canadian Geese from Island Acres State Park, CO
http://tipt3.utoledo.edu/starters/waterfowl/geese1a.jpg
http://tipt3.utoledo.edu/starters/waterfowl/geese1b.jpg
http://tipt3.utoledo.edu/starters/waterfowl/geese1c.jpg
http://tipt3.utoledo.edu/starters/waterfowl/geese1d.jpg

Nene from Haleakala National Park, Maui, Hawaii
http://tipt3.utoledo.edu/starters/waterfowl/nene.jpg
http://tipt3.utoledo.edu/starters/waterfowl/nene2.jpg
http://tipt3.utoledo.edu/starters/waterfowl/nenelook.jpg
http://tipt3.utoledo.edu/starters/waterfowl/neneneck.jpg
http://tipt3.utoledo.edu/starters/waterfowl/neneruffle.jpg
http://tipt3.utoledo.edu/starters/waterfowl/nenewalk.jpg
http://tipt3.utoledo.edu/starters/waterfowl/nenewalk2.jpg


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Created 2/04.