The Body of the Duck
Ducks have large heads and slender necks. Their necks are shorter than those of geese and swans, who are related to ducks. Ducks usually have broad, flat bills with tiny saw teeth around the edges. Their bills are useful in holding and straining food. The bodies of ducks are short and thick. They are covered with thick feathers. A layer of thick down lies beneath the feathers and close to the body. The feathers of many ducks are beautifully colored. All ducks keep their feathers well oiled by means of a large gland just above the tail. This gland gives off an oil which makes the duck’s waterproof. A duck will sink in the water if the oil is removed from its feathers.
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