What Is the Name of a Group of Ducks?

According to their classifications, multiple names are frequently used to refer to different species of birds, including waterfowl. Ducks are the same. The term “duck” refers to a variety of birds in the waterfowl family Anatidae, including swans and geese.

The family Anatidae divides the ducks into a number of subfamilies; they do not share a single common ancestor species. Since swan and goose species are not regarded as duck species, they instead form taxa. The terms “raft,” “team,” “flock,” “bunch,” “plump,” “skein,” “waddling,” “twack,” and “sord” are most frequently used to describe duck groups.

Ducks in a Raft

A raft of ducks, according to Lexico, is a collection of ducks that have assembled on the water in sizable flocks. Due to a complicated feather structure and a waxy coating that is placed over each feather while preening, all ducks have extremely impermeable feathers. Even when ducks dive underwater, their feather undersides remain perfectly dry.

a duck paddles

A flock of swimming ducks is what Oxford Dictionaries’ lexicographers define as a paddle. On land, ducks are omnivorous and opportunistic eaters who consume grass, insects, seeds, and fruits. They can eat crabs, fish, and aquatic vegetation while on the water. To aid in foraging in muck and straining small insects and crustaceans from water, ducks’ unique bills have a hard nail at the tip and a comb-like structure on the sides.

Ducklings waddling

A waddle is a duck’s way of walking. As a result, when a gaggle of ducks waddles, they take brief steps while leaning their bodies side to side. Ducklings may walk and leave the nest shortly after hatching because they are precocial.

Immediately after hatching, a hen (old female duck) frequently carries her ducklings more than a half-mile over land in search of a suitable water source for swimming and feeding.

The hen uses soft down feathers she plucks from her breast to line her nest as it is being built. This guarantees that the eggs have the best possible insulation and cushioning. Diverse duck species do not pair for life but are monogamous throughout the breeding season.

Ducks’ Plump/Dopping

A flock of ducks known as a plump or dopping dive for food by lowering their heads into the water. Additionally, they enjoy adding water to their food to make it softer and simpler to swallow.

A common misconception about ducks is that their quacks don’t resound. This was debunked by a study done at the University of Salford. Few male ducks (drakes) truly quack; the majority are quiet. Instead, they make noises like chirping, snarling, squeaking, grunting, and groaning.

Ducks in a Skein

Duck flocks that fly together are referred to as skeins. When migrating, some duck species frequently fly in a V-shaped configuration. Due to the fact that they can’t fly during the moulting season, they are extremely susceptible. They have a five to ten year lifespan in the wild and an eight year lifespan in captivity.

The value of ducks

Ducks have been domesticated for more than five centuries for use as farm animals, pets, and other commercial purposes. Their underlying feathers are frequently utilised to create various items, like as purses, comforters, and cushions. The most popular species farmed for eggs and meat is the white Peking duck.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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