An Original DUCKumentary
Infographic: Meet the Ducks

Duck is the common name for a large number of birds in the Anatidae family. And with over 120 different species, ducks are incredibly diverse and can be found all over the world. Meet some of the ducks featured in PBS Nature’s An Original DUCKumentary. Click infographic to enlarge image.

Duck Species Infographic

Produced by Kate Fulton/Designed by Karen Brazell

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  • George Meredith MD

    Very well done. I especially like the underwater videos of these amazing waterfowl! Orginial thinking!

    Unfortunately with the midwestern drought, drastic cutbacks in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) grasslands and the past two administrations’ fevor to dump most of our national treasure into police state programs like Homeland Security and the phony wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, why, things look bleak for these wonderful feathered creatures.

    Oh for the days of Ronald Reagan and the highly productive CRP grasslands!

    George Meredith MD
    Virginia Beach

  • Sven Moravec

    Excellent duckumentary. Absolutly worth watching.

  • Joe Carder

    The best nature documentary I have seen in the last couple of years. And one of the main things that made it so good — besides the great photography of course — was the narrator. His voice was subdued and did not overtake the visual info like so many narrators do. Congrats to him and to the writers, the photographers and producers!! I could watch shows like that every day for the rest of my life and here I am at almost 82 so that gives me at least another 20 years or so to watch PBS!! (HAHAHA!!) So tell all those extremely creative people to get busy and keep me enthralled!! To me there’s nothing more interesting and educational than your nature programs. I’ll give up our regular commercial TV offerings at any time you folks present such outstanding programs. Please keep me advised. Thank you.

  • leonard federico

    I love the Bufflehead !

  • Kathleen O’Dever

    I don’t have TV access nor a fast enough internet service (rural) to view the documentary, but I have become even more observant, and I look for duck behavior after I read about these amazing birds. I do not have a favorite. The most common observances in my area right now are of mallards. Thank you for sharing a truly inspirational webbed world.

  • Adam Cooper

    I had green winged teal as pets, amazing birds, and sweet hearts to boot. They love digging in your garden for worms and eating fresh mint and peppermint (mint= duck candy). From bird breeders I’ve heard that the little ruddy ducks are as mean as you get. They don’t take crap from anyone or anything. I have picture of one dangling from some guy’s finger because it bit him and won’t let go!

    P.S. If you enjoy ducks check out the charity Ducks Unlimited. They work to restore and conserve wetlands.

  • Bonnie

    Thank you for giving ducks some airtime. They are the most wonderful, gorgeous, birds – I think they are flying works of art. And in some cases, flightless works of art. Their plumage fascinates me to no end. How anyone think of hunting down these magnificent birds?

  • Lorraine

    Is it possible to purchase a DVD of Duckumentary. My dad saw part of it and isan avid duck hunter. Would make a great Christmas gift.

    Thank you

  • fultonk

    Hi Lorraine,
    You can purchase the An Original DUCKumentary DVD here. Thanks for watching,


  • Betty V. Holcomb

    This is an excellent piece to introduce and education “urban” children. Most metropolitan areas have large bodies of water (natural or created) than serve as stop-over sites for waterfowl during migration. Here in Chicago, we are fortunate to have Jackson Park Lagoon, near my home, that affords great bird-watching.

    I see a curriculum for students of Urban Ecology…..

  • Shirley Dehmer

    We raised Mallards and Muskovie (sp) ducks when I was a kid. I loved the newly hatched babies and we loved having the ducks around our place. We didn’t have a body of water for them, but they would “woller” out a mud hole and we would fill it with water ever so often. They were happy with that. We kept their wings clipped, but one got away. It always came home, but every time we got about two blocks from home (in our car) here would come baby flying down the middle of the road to meet us. I don’t know how she knew we were coming home. We had a brand new 1950 Ford coupe (I guess it was called a coupe) and it didn’t make noise. We loved that duck and I guess she cared about us as well. We also had Rhode Island Red Chickens, a cow and two calves, and a little pig we called pee wee. We lived in one of those high ceiling Victorians and had too many Oak trees to count and thirteen paper shell pecans. We had a great time growing up. I think I will never be really happy again until I have a beloved dog living under the house and a sweet cat in the barn.

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