Whooper swan and mallard ducks on the edge of a lake

Ducks, geese and swans

Members of the duck, goose and swan family are found on every continent except Antarctica. Many species in this family are herbivorous and they are adapted for swimming on water, and in some cases diving in it.

Scientific name: Anatidae

Rank: Family

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Map showing the distribution of the Ducks, geese and swans taxa

The shading illustrates the diversity of this group - the darker the colour the greater the number of species. Data provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

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  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Vertebrates
  4. Birds
  5. Anseriformes
  6. Ducks, geese and swans

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