Oftentimes, ducks are considered ugly, especially the young duck, which is popularly called “ugly duckling.” To the contrary, ducks can be rather handsome, as evidenced by these 10 lovely waterfowl.
Among birds, the male birds are usually more colorful than the females. Ducks are one of the most popular domestic animals in the world. Millions of ducks are raised worldwide for their meat and eggs just like chicken for human consumption. Ducks are mostly aquatic birds, mostly smaller than the swans and geese, and may be found in both fresh water and sea water. And oftentimes, ducks are considered ugly, especially the young duck which is popularly called “ugly duckling” and has been associated to humans since then. Here are some of the handsomest of this waterfowl type.
1. Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata)
Undoubtedly, this duck is one of the most brightly colored winged-creatures on Earth. This colorful and handsome duck is called the Mandarin Duck or just Mandarin. It is a medium-sized perching duck, closely related to the North American Wood Duck. It is often regarded as a symbol of conjugal affection and fidelity in the Orient.
2. Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina)
This large and gorgeous diving duck is named Red-crested Pochard. Their breeding habitat is lowland marshes and lakes in Europe and Asia. The adult male is easily determined with its rounded orange head, red bill and black breast. The flanks are white, the back brown, and the tail black.
3. Woodduck (Aix sponsa)
This fine-looking and medium-sized perching duck is the Wood Duck or Carolina Duck. The adult male has distinctive multi-colored iridescent plumage and red eyes. Male and female Wood Ducks have crested heads. When swimming, wood ducks bob their head back and forth in a jerking motion, which makes them easy to spot.
4. Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
This dabbling duck is considered by many to be the best-known and most recognizable of all ducks. The Mallard breeds throughout the temperate and sub-tropical areas of North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. It is currently the most common duck species in New Zealand.
5. Baikal Teal (Anas formosa)
This handsome-looking dabbling duck is called the Baikal Teal. This kind of duck breeds within the forest zone of eastern Siberia. It is a migratory species, wintering in Japan, South Korea and northern and eastern China, and Vietnam. Molecular and behavioral data suggest that it has no close relatives among living ducks and should be placed in a distinct genus.
6. Falcated Teal (Anas falcata)
This beautiful dabbling duck named Falcated Duck or Falcated Teal breeds in eastern Asia. It nests in Russia, China, Inner Mongolia and Japan. It is widely recorded well outside its normal range, but the popularity of this beautiful duck in captivity clouds the origins of these extra-limital birds.
7. Paradise Shelduck (Tadorna variegata)
This large goose-like duck called the Paradise Shelduck is native to New Zealand. To the Maoris, it is known as Putangitangi but now commonly referred to as the “Paradise duck”, and are prized game birds. Both the drake and hen have strikingly colorful plumage. The Paradise Shelducks usually live as pairs, grazing on grass and weeds, and will raid crops, particularly when molting.
8. Steller’s Eider (Polysticta stelleri)
Ducklings of certain species of ducks are usually yellow in color and they turn white as they mature. The Steller’s Eider, a medium-large sea-duck, is one of the few duck species that remain yellow as it grows. This duck species breeds along the Arctic coasts of eastern Siberia and Alaska. The lined nest is built on tundra close to the sea, and 6-10 eggs are laid.
9. Ringed Teal (Callonetta leucophrys)
This dabbling duck is a species of duck that is closely related to shelducks. It is also a close relative of the Maned Duck. This small duck of South American forest is called Ringed Teal.
10. Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis)
This medium-sized sea duck, the Long-tailed Duck, is not as brightly colored compared to other ducks on the list but it is certainly one of the handsomest and unique. It has an unusual long-tail that makes him a good-looking duck.
Now after seeing this article, tell me, do you still consider ducks ugly?
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