A baby duck is called a duckling, ducks may have 3 or 4 ducklings at a time. The duck is a number of species in the Anatidae family of birds. They are related to swans and geese. A male duck is called a drake, a female duck a hen, and a baby duck a duckling. Ducks are omnivores. They feed on aquatic plants, small fish, insects, worms, grubs and more. People often feed domesticated ducks bread.

Ducks are curious and friendly creatures they have been domesticated as pets and farm animals for more than 500 years. All domestic ducks are descended from either the Mallard or the Muscovy duck.


The male Mallard has a glossy green head, grey wings and belly, while the female has a brown-speckled plumage. Mallard ducks live 5 to 10 years in the wild. All ducks have highly waterproof feathers due to the feathers interlocking nature and waxy coating.