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.
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Duck from Glacier National Park
Canadian Geese from Island Acres State Park, CO
Nene from Haleakala National Park, Maui, Hawaii
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