What the duck says

By Jonas Waldenström

Unlike the recent controversy regarding fox sounds, everyone knows that the duck says ‘quack’. And when I say everybody, I mean everybody – from the smallest toddler to the toothless elder. The ‘quack’ seems cosmopolitan as well, albeit with some variation in spelling – similar to the fact that dogs say ‘voff’, ‘viff’, or ‘vaff’ depending on where in Europe you are.

Okay, no controversies there. But actually, ‘quack’ isn’t all ducks say. You have teals that say ‘crecc’, garganeys that gives croaking sounds, and you have whistling ducks that (surprise, surprise) whistle. But the good old fat (and tasty) Mallard says ‘quack’. At least most of the time.Screen Shot 2013-11-03 at 9.07.32 PM

They can also whistle, at least the males do when they want to find a mate. And that is of course a great signal to use against them, for hunting purposes. Here is a video where a bearded man shows how to use the Duck Commander . (And why are they always equipped with beards??). A sweet tune, anyway.

If you are more up for the real thing, here is a link to the Xeno-Canto where over 40 minutes of Mallard quacking is stored. Music for the masses!

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