About the Species
Ducks are relatively small, short-necked, large-billed waterfowl. Male ducks, known
as drakes, and females, known as hens or ducks, exhibit different plumage, as most
males molt twice annually and usually have brighter colored feathers. The different
sexes also display different calls. Ducks will mate for the season and hens will lay
large clutches of smooth-shelled eggs.