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An Introduction to Dabbling Ducks and Diving Ducks

Duck species are typically divided into dabblers and divers. Dabblers feed on vegetation and invertebrates that are on or near the surface of the water, while divers swim beneath the water in pursuit of invertebrates and fish. Photo courtesy of Joanna Lee Osborn, license: CC BY 2.0 This male mallard is dabbling bottoms up. Dabblers also differ from divers with respect to the location of their legs. A dabbler's legs are positioned in the middle of the duck's underside. Read more ➜