How ducks sleep at night



The duck is very adaptable and masters different habitats in nature and in modern civilization. The strongly pronounced senses: eyes, hearing, taste, smell help her in almost every possible situation. The duck has very good eyesight, excellent hearing (up to 20 KHz), good taste and is able to differentiate between different smells.

The next plus point is their social behavior. Of all the animals that we count as large poultry, including water fowl, the duck is the only one that has no hierarchy. Nevertheless, she is not a "lame duck"! She can defend herself well and therefore fight well. The ducks have to do that too, because of course they have problems that have to be dealt with as quickly as possible. (see fight)

The pretty ducks groom and clean their magnificent plumage for several hours a day. Pressed in feather flags are repaired again with the beak and coated with an oily secretion from the rump gland, which is located at the upper base of the tail, and thus greased. In addition, there is really intensive swimming and splashing around. No "cat washing"! In this way, the ducks not only clean their feathers, but also their duck skin.

Ducks and mallards have a very noticeable courtship behavior. The couples form in autumn. The drakes impress the females with high-pitched whistling sounds, triggered by pedaling, periodic crouching, swimming in circles and so-called "duck dances". Courtship is a special behavior for attracting a partner and, if the outcome is successful, usually forms the engagement and preliminary stage to procreation. The female recognizes her partner by the »mirror«, if this is briefly covered, then allegedly no further recognition should be possible.

The voice or the duck sound is world famous. The well-known resounding croaking of the mallard is typical and is similar to that of the domestic duck. We know the famous "quack, quack" of the female duck and the striking "advises, advises" of the drake in all variations and volumes.

When eating, the ducks use their horned beaks, which are constantly opened and closed again. With the so-called "gudge" they suck the food out of the water.

Another phenomenon in ducks is constant vigilance or attention. Our mallards doze on the water, on land and in the pack of ducks, their bills sticking deep in their plumage and only jingling their eyes from time to time. Ducks spend the night or sleep in company. Not without reason. Sentry posts secure them from possible dangers and enemies. The mallards can be active day and night.