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Black Duck

Black Duck Variant names:
Black Swan, Black Booby, Black Tern, Black Goose

Scientific name:
Duckus ebonium

Distinguishing characteristics:
Black feathers during most seasons of the year, white feathers otherwise; webbed feet; irascible demeanor.

Song:
Quaaack, Twaaack

Fun facts:

  • Famous televison duck Daffy Duck (pictured) was actually played by a Blackbird wearing prosthetic feet. Daffy Duck ended his career as an alcoholic, bitter about his treatment by an industry that never paid him as much as his hated rival, Donald Duck. Industry executives claimed that Donald's higher salary was justified in part because "Donald wore pants," and yet the same executives refused to allow Daffy to wear pants because "they just didn't fit his character."

  • Black Ducks frequently roost in trees, although they do not build nests in them. Instead, they impersonate owls (i.e. large Brownbirds with scary eyes) to frighten squirrels away, and then move into the squirrels' abandoned homes.
 

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