The Drake’s Curl

Duck on left — Drake on right

Ever wonder how to sex a duck? It’s really pretty easy.

There are various ways. Often, the plumage is more colorful (especially during breeding season) and drakes (males) are sometimes larger than ducks (females). You can also flip it over and try to examine its organs, but most of us wouldn’t–and shouldn’t–do that.

But the telltale sign is in the tail. A drake has a lovely curl on the tip of his tail. This is true for almost all species of ducks.

What kinds of interesting animal tips do you have to share?

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