Welcome to one of three incredible parts of the waterfowl family, Anatidae.
These aquatic birds are considered to be very diverse, unique, and in most instances incredibly colourful.
Often people confuse domesticated duck breeds with that of wild duck species. Whilst many of our members keep domestic breeds, our focus as an association is on the preservation and celebration of wild species of waterfowl.
Ducks consume a variety of foods, including grasses, aquatic plants, fish, insects, amphibians, insects, and in some instances molluscs/shellfish. The majority of wild species of duck are 'Dabbling Ducks', who principally feed on the water's surface or the land. Many of the Shelduck species favour land based feeding, and graze for most of the day.
Other species of duck, such as the Musk Duck, are considered to be 'Diving Ducks'. They tend to be heavier, so often not as strong flyers, but have the ability to fully submerge themselves in the hunt for food. The Mergansers, part of the diving duck group, which are seaducks, and have evolved principally to hunt fish.
Finally are the shovelling species of duck, easily identified by their flatter beak type. They dredge the water and mud flats for a variety of tasty creatures and aquatic plants.
One of the awesome benefits of membership with the PWSA is access to our Species Pages.
Please note that to view each of the Species Pages, as a PWSA Member, you'll need to be logged in.
If you aren't a member, it only takes a couple of minutes, and you can join here:
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