Order Anseriformes

Family Anatidae

Ducks, Geese, Swans
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  • Medium-sized to large waterbirds with plump body, short legs and flat, rounded bill.
  • Cosmopolitan, all regions except Antarctic.
  • Wide variety of aquatic habitats, mostly breeding on fresh water.
  • 30-180 cm.
  • 52 genera, 165 species, 238 taxa.
  • 32 species threatened;
    5 species and 3 subspecies extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Carboneras, C. (2020). Ducks, Geese, Swans (Anatidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52210 on 23 February 2020).