The Ultimate Duck Quiz
Although ducks appear clumsy when walking on dry land, they are graceful swimmers and fly well. Take this quiz and learn more about these birds.start quiz
Question 2 of 21
What differentiates the duck from most other birds?
... The duck is a swimming bird.
Question 3 of 21
How many species of duck are there?
... There are about 150 species.
Question 4 of 21
Where will you not find ducks?
... Ducks are found everywhere except in Antarctica.
Question 5 of 21
How big are ducks?
... Their size varies from 15 to 24 inches (38 to 61 cm) in length.
Question 6 of 21
What is a male duck called?
... It's called a drake.
Question 7 of 21
Why do some ducks have rough, groove-like notches on the edges of their bills?
... These notches or serrations are used to hold elusive prey.
Question 8 of 21
Is there a difference in the coloring of ducks?
... The drake is usually more colorful than the hen.
Question 9 of 21
How does the duck manage to fly after swimming?
... The duck secretes a film of oil that prevents its feathers from being water-logged.
Question 10 of 21
What distinguishes mallard drakes?
... They have distinctive green heads, but the hens are drab brown.
Question 11 of 21
Are the duck's feet unusual?
... The duck has webbed feet, with three toes facing forward and one, that is not webbed, facing backward.
Question 12 of 21
Up to what speed can a duck fly?
... Some species can fly at close to 50 miles per hour (80 km/h).
Question 13 of 21
What are the nesting habits of wild duck?
... Wild ducks choose one mate and remain together for a season.
Question 14 of 21
Where do most ducks build their nests?
... Most build the nests on the ground in a depression among reeds rocks or in a hollow of a dead tree.
Question 15 of 21
How many eggs does a typical female duck lay?
... The females of most species lay between 6 and 12 eggs.
Question 16 of 21
Who usually incubates the eggs?
... The female duck is responsible for incubation.
Question 17 of 21
How long is the incubation period?
... It is usually about four weeks.
Question 18 of 21
At what age do the young usually fly?
... The young ones of most species fly at the age of 50 to 60 days.
Question 19 of 21
What happens when the ducks molt or lose their feathers?
... Since all of the flight feathers are lost at the same time, the duck is basically grounded for a few weeks until new feathers grow.
Question 20 of 21
What enables ducks to fly long distances?
... Their short but very powerful wings enable them to fly long distances.
Question 21 of 21
How do hunters deal with the speed of flying ducks?
... Hunters use shotguns that shoot a spray of deadly pellets aimed just ahead of the flying duck.