Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Dabbling Duck

Also called �Dipping, Surface-feeding, Pond, River, or Freshwater Duck, � any of about 38 species of Anas and about 5 species in other genera, constituting the tribe Anatini, subfamily Anatinae, family Anatidae (q.v.; order Anseriformes). They feed mainly on water plants, which they obtain by tipping-up in shallows - uncommonly by diving (with opened wings); they often forage near the shore for seeds and insects. The bill is flat and broad, the


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