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White Duck

White Duck Variant names:
White Swan, White Goose, Mother Goose

Scientific name:
Duckus ivorium

Distinguishing characteristics:
White feathers during most seasons of the year, black feathers otherwise; webbed feet; unfailingly polite; also remember:

If it walks like a duck, and if it quacks like a duck,
and if it's not some drunk impersonating a duck ...
it's probably a duck.

Song:
Quaack, Affflac

Fun facts:

  • Some White Ducks are known as "dabblers." They kind of like to eat fish, and are willing to stick their head underwater in hopes that a fish might happen by, but if not, they are happy to sit idly on top of the water in the hope that someone might throw bread at them. Other White Ducks are "divers." They really, really like to eat fish. So much so that many diving White Ducks wear scuba gear and carry spears.

  • Often it is possible to see a group of White Ducks flying in "V" formation high in the sky. Ornithologists puzzled over this for years before coming to the conclusion that this is not the modern English "V", but rather the old style letter "U" as is often used on faux-ancient monuments to spell a latin phrase such as "E PLVRIBVS VNVM." So the puzzle was solved: early in the breeding season, White Ducks fly in "D" formation, they switch to "V" after about two weeks, "C" a few weeks after that, and finally the rarely-observed "K" formation. They are spelling "DVCK."
 

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