Birding for Beginners - Behavior – Feeding Style

Dec. 24, 2013

Join Wild Ohio as they examine the various feeding behaviors of ducks.

Behavior – Feeding Style Dabblers and Divers

Some of the time that you spend watching birds move about will be spent watching them feed. Diving ducks, or "divers," are ducks that propel themselves underwater with large feet attached to short legs situated far back on the body. "Dabblers," in contrast, have smaller feet and their legs are situated farther forward. You can develop an impression of many birds just from a few seconds of watching them forage.