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Waterfowl Research Articles


The following articles were previously featured in the "Understanding Waterfowl" column of the Ducks Unlimited Magazine.
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Waterfowl Hybrids
Crossbreeding produces rare and interesting birds but also threatens the survival of some species



Dressed for Success
A drake’s bright colors and a hen’s dull plumage both play crucial roles in breeding



Extrapair Paternity
Many waterfowl broods include offspring from more than one male



Fueling the Engines
Feeding and digestion in waterfowl









Waterfowl Renesting
For many species of ducks, persistence is crucial to reproductive success



The Curious Lives of Sea Ducks
The breeding and feeding habits of these remarkable maritime birds differ greatly from those of dabbling ducks






Waterfowl Vocalizations
Interpreting their odd assortment of whistles, grunts, quacks, honks, coos, clucks, and trills



Waterfowl Mating Systems
"Until death do us part" - A statement that is generally true for geese, but not ducks.









Ducklings and Goslings
Young waterfowl face many challenges but are well-adapted



Banding Together
Band recoveries reported by hunters are an essential source of information for waterfowl managers



The Scoop on Duck Bills
These feeding tools come in a variety of shapes and sizes



Trials of the Tundra
Once Arctic-nesting geese reach their breeding grounds, they are in a race against time


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