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The Ultimate Duck Quiz
by Staff
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.

What differentiates the duck from most other birds?

  • totally monogamous
  • flies long distances
  • swims well

How many species of duck are there?

  • 100
  • 150
  • 250

Where will you not find ducks?

  • Antarctica
  • Australia
  • Asia

How big are ducks?

  • 12 to 15 inches (30 to 38 cm)
  • 15 to 24 inches (38 to 61 cm)
  • 24 to 30 inches (61 to 76 cm)

What is a male duck called?

  • drake
  • mandible
  • mallard

Why do some ducks have rough, groove-like notches on the edges of their bills?

  • for self-defense
  • to break up food into a more manageable size
  • to hold slippery prey

Is there a difference in the coloring of ducks?

  • The hen has brighter colors
  • The drake is more colorful.
  • Older ducks develop brighter plumage.

How does the duck manage to fly after swimming?

  • by waterproofing its feathers
  • by shaking its wings before flight
  • by power of its wings

What distinguishes mallard drakes?

  • red beaks
  • brown eyes
  • green heads

Are the duck's feet unusual?

  • Two toes face forward and two backwards.
  • Three toes face forward and one faces backwards
  • Four toes face forward and one faces backwards.

Up to what speed can a duck fly?

  • 50 miles per hour (80 km/h)
  • 60 miles per hour (96 km/h)
  • 70 miles per hour (112 km/h)

What are the nesting habits of wild duck?

  • They have one mate per brood.
  • They remain with one mate for a lifetime.
  • They remain with one mate for a season.

Where do most ducks build their nests?

  • on the ground
  • in the trees
  • at the edge of a body of water

How many eggs does a typical female duck lay?

  • 6 to 12
  • 4 to 6
  • 2 to 4

Who usually incubates the eggs?

  • male
  • female
  • male at night

How long is the incubation period?

  • six weeks
  • five weeks
  • four weeks

At what age do the young usually fly?

  • 30 to 45 days
  • 50 to 60 days
  • 65 to 80 days

What happens when the ducks molt or lose their feathers?

  • cannot fly
  • huddle together for warmth
  • mating season begins

What enables ducks to fly long distances?

  • ability to store food
  • aerodynamic bodies
  • short but very powerful wings

How do hunters deal with the speed of flying ducks?

  • high power small gauge rifle
  • shotgun fired ahead of the duck
  • wait for them to land