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Duck is the common name for many species in the waterfowl family Anatidae, which includes swans and geese. Ducks are divided into several subfamilies of the family Anatidae; they do not a monophyletic group (the group of all the descendants of a common ancestral species), but a form of the taxon, like swans and geese, are not considered ducks. Ducks are mostly waterfowl, especially smaller than swans and geese, and can be found in both freshwater and seawater.

Ducks are sometimes confused with several species of waterfowl unrelated to similar forms, such as loons or divers, grebes, gallinules and coots

The word duck comes from the Old English dūce “diver,” a derivative of the verb * dūcan “to duck, to bend down, as if to climb under something or to dive,” due to the way many species in the group of dabbling duck; compared to the Dutch duiken and the German tauchen “to sink.”

This word replace d Old English ened / ænid “duck,” probably to avoid confusion with other Old English words, such as ende “end” with similar forms. Other Germanic languages ​​still have similar words for “duck,” for example, Dutch eend “duck,” German Ente “duck” and Norwegian and “duck.” The word ened / ænid is inherited from Proto-Indo-European; compare: Latin anas “duck,” Lithuanian ántis “duck,” Ancient Greek nēssa / nētta (νῆσσα, νῆττα) “duck” and Sanskrit ātí “water bird,” among others.

A duck is a young duck in downy plumage or a baby duck, but in the food trade, a young domestic duck which has just reached the size and size of an adult and its meat is still completely tender is sometimes labelled as a duckling.

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Ducks feed on a variety of food sources, such as grasses, aquatic plants, fish, insects, small amphibians, worms, and small molluscs.

Dabbling ducks feed on the surface of water or on land, or as deep as they can reach by up-ending without completely submerging. Along the edge of the beak, there is a comb-like structure called a pecten. This strains the water that splashes on the side of the beak and catches any food. Pecten is also used to preen feathers and retain slippery food.

Diving ducks and sea ducks feed deep underwater. To make diving easier, diving ducks are heavier than mixed ducks and therefore have more take-off difficulty to fly.

Several specialized species, such as mergansers, are adapted to catch and swallow large fish.

The others have a flat, characteristic beak, adapted for dredging, such as pulling algae, removing worms and small mollusks from the mud, looking for insect larvae, and group tasks, such as dredging, holding, first turning the head, and swallowing a wrinkling frog. To avoid injury when digging in the sediment, it has no cere, but the nostrils come out through a hard horn.

The British Guardian published an article advising that ducks should not eat bread, as it harms the health of ducks and pollutes waterways.

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