Ducks are one of the most attractive creatures which can be found not only in water or parks all over the world but also it is a domestic bird producing eggs for their owner. . For their nature and mysterious behavior, there is a common question from the people, even from children, do ducks have teeth!
So Do Ducks Have Teeth?
Watching them eat will easily raise this question inside your head. But, the answer is “No”. Ducks do not have any teeth. This constant foraging long-necked bird has a habitat of eating various kinds of seeds, fruits, insects and so on. How they chew if they don't have any teeth? It is not that much surprising that like other birds they have no teeth.
Ducks Have No Real Teeth!
Like many bird species, ducks don’t have actual teeth. They rather have rows of bristles in their mouth. These thin bristles help the duck to scoop up and filter nutrient particles that are essential for the duck from the water. They are not real teeth but the appearance of these bristles make them look like original duck teeth.
Does a Duck Chew?
Ducks don't chew food. That's why they don't need any teeth. But they have something like that – a teeth-like structure which is called ‘bristles'. With a closer perceive you will notice it. These bristles help them to detect food with filtering and grasping. This well-designed bill has multitasking performances on different tasks. The duckbill is formed with two parts: the upper part is called the ‘upper mandible' and the lower part is called ‘lower mandible'. The upper mandible is set with the skull in a permanent position.
Like a human, the lower mandible can be moved easily to chew and maintain food inside the mouth. Soft edges of duckbill help them to feel the food properly. Toothless bill works for both teeth and mouth purposes. This bill can filter the uneatable materials and also it can separate food from the water. Though it doesn’t have that much strength to manage tough food, it can easily filter food from sands, muds and water which is more important to them.
Different species have different size of bristles with their different flatness. Bills which is fatter is specialist for plants and seeds. On the other hand, sharper bills are more helpful to hunt and eat fish in the water. Ducks are omnivorous, so they can eat fish. Though it is not usually seen fish is a great source of protein for them.
At the edge of the beak, there is a comb-like structure which is called ‘Lamellae'. It helps ducks to filter and stain food. On the upper side of the beak, there is a little bump called ‘Nail’ or ‘Bean'. It gives them that much strength to dig through mud to search for food and also to uncover roots and seeds. Different types of species have different types of nails by their colour, shape and size. At the side of the bill, there is a curve that eases eating and filtration called a grin patch.
Although ducks have teeth-like lamellae and well-structured bills to have food, they don't have any teeth for chewing. If you ask a question, does a duck chew? The answer is ‘no’. Ducks don't have that opportunity to chew rough food to break it into small pieces. But, with the help of a specialised bill, they can have a whole bite swallow while eating. With this process, soft food might break but relatively hard food is to be swallowed.
Mother duck prepares food for their babies keeping in mind that, the baby can't have a large piece of food, where they have only option to swallow it a whole. To avoid difficulty of swallowing, small and soft piece is best for them.
People who love to feed birds must know what kind of food is best for ducks. Small cut vegetables, birdseeds and cracked corn are nitrous and healthy duck food. Larger fruits are also good if it is cut into small pieces. But, if you care about them so much that you start feeding them junk food, then it will be a threat to duck health.
Do Duck Bite!
Another question that might arise in your mind – do duck bite! The answer might astonish you – ‘yes’. Ducks do bite.
As we know, the duck has a teeth-like structure inside its mouth but it is not that much stronger to have a tough large piece of food. Even, they are not strong enough by their ability to chew. Then, how does a duck bite!
Whenever ducks get excited and aggressive, they usually target your face, arms and legs. They have a grip on their mouth. For your defence, you should try to pull it off. The funny fact is, as much you try to pull off your finger, the duck's grip will get tighter. They don't bite the way every animal do but they can tighten their grip with enough strength which will hurt you.In an aggressive mood, the most dangerous duck which can fly at you giving you no chance is called Muscovy.
Duck is the most tropical bird with their various food habit without having any teeth. It makes them unique because no other birds can have this various food without teeth like them. The way they forage for food in water and mud is itself amazing. They attract a lot of bird lover by their attitude. Especially, baby ducks are more attractive than other baby birds not only by their behaviour but also by their look. Also, no other birds face this question of having teeth or not like ducks by their unique food habitats. After all, we came to know that ducks don't chew or bite-like humans. But, they can grip with their mouth with much strength to hurt the enemies. Don't think that the lacking of their teeth is their weak point or disability. As a bird lover, you should be careful with their aggressiveness when feeding them. It's recommended to learn how to feed them from distance.
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