Waterfowl

191 species

Waterfowl are highly adapted birds for an aquatic existence at the water surface. Due to their aquatic nature, most species are web-footed. There are about 180 living species of these birds with the largest family, which includes over 170 species of waterfowl, among them the ducks, geese, and swans. These birds are adapted for swimming, floating on the water surface, and in some cases diving in at least shallow water. They are generally herbivorous and are monogamous breeders. A number of species undertake annual migrations. A few species have been domesticated for agriculture, and many others are hunted for food and recreation.
Waterfowl are highly adapted birds for an aquatic existence at the water surface. Due to their aquatic nature, most species are web-footed. There are about 180 living species of these birds with the largest family, which includes over 170 species of waterfowl, among them the ducks, geese, and swans. These birds are adapted for swimming, floating on the water surface, and in some cases diving in at least shallow water. They are generally herbivorous and are monogamous breeders. A number of species undertake annual migrations. A few species have been domesticated for agriculture, and many others are hunted for food and recreation.