Waterfowl

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Falcated Duck at Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre, Gloucestershire, England

Waterfowl are certain wildfowl of the order Anseriformes, especially members of the family Anatidae, which includes ducks, geese, and swans.

They are strong swimmers with medium to large bodies. They have historically been an important food source, and continue to be hunted as game, or raised as poultry for meat and eggs. The domestic duck is sometimes kept as a pet.

Some definitions of the term 'waterfowl' include the saltwater shorebirds or waders, gulls, pelicans, and herons, as well as seabirds such as the albatross, but 'fowl' especially refers to birds used by humans for game.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Flyways.us - U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Flyway Councils, waterfowl hunting management in North America