The name for a group of ducks? A flock? A quackalack? What about pondpals? Actually, it’s a ‘paddling’, a ‘raft’ or ‘team’. Very clever, English language, very clever. Here are some duck facts to get your hump day off to a flying start. (Oh, come on! It wouldn’t be the Sneaking Duck blog without the puns).
1. Ducks’ feet can’t feel cold
They have no nerves or blood vessels. This means ducks can walk (or waddle) on ice and swim in icy water.
2. A duck has three eyelids
Whysomany?! The top and bottom lids have little bristles, that operate like eyelashes. The third eyelid is called a liquifying membrane and blinks about 35 times a minute. If you threw something at a duck (like bread…of course), then it would blink this third eyelid to protect its eyes.
3. A duck’s quack has no echo
Kill-joy alert! That’s a myth, which has been ‘busted’ by our favourite Mythbusters. However, most male ducks are silent and fewer ducks than you would expect actually “quack”. Instead, their calls may include growls, squeaks, grunts, chirps, and whistles.
4. Ducks heads are often used as the head on antique and prestige walking sticks
Why? You tell us!
5. Goofy ducks are often featured as fictional characters.
The two most famous fictional ducks are Disney’s Donald Duck, who premiered in 1934, and Warner Bros.’ Daffy Duck, born in 1937.
Daffy, voiced and characterised by Mel Blanc, holds the world record for the longest characterisation of one animated character by his or her original actor: 52 years.
Best of the rest…
– All of the common white Peking ducks in the United States are descendents from three ducks and one drake imported to New York’s Long Island in 1873.
– Mallard ducks, the most common wild ducks in the world, can fly nearly vertically out of the water reaching a height of about 10 metres before flying horizontally. Despite their amazing flying abilities, their tastebuds suck. They have less than 500 tastebuds compared with our 10,000.