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What Are Waterfowl?
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What Are Waterfowl?

Ducks, geese, and swans: These familiar birds are commonly known as waterfowl. All have webbed feet, making them strong swimmers. Many forage for food in water and some also graze on land.

Waterfowl often fly in organized formations, especially during migrations — which can cover thousands of miles. Explore this large group of gregarious birds.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
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