Falcated Duck at Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands centre, Gloucestershire, England
Wildfowl or waterfowl, also waterbirds, is the collective term for the approximately 147 species of swans, geese and ducks, classified in the order Anseriformes, family Anatidae. Wildfowl usually live on wetlands. Many species are hunted, and some are kept for ornamental purposes.
Wildfowl, on the other hand, moult all of their wing feathers simultaneously with the result that they become flightless for several weeks.
Those wildfowl which feed on land have strong, centrally placed legs well suited to walking whereas the diving duck are efficient swimmers by virtue of shorter legs situated farther towards the rear of their bodies.
When a wildfowler steps out on to the remote saltings he enters the world of the wildfowl and, if he is to be successful in his hunting, he must understand and appreciate the ways of his quarry.
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