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Ducks Have Teeth?

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So, do ducks have teeth? I was looking up images of ducks' bills when all of a sudden, I noticed that on its bill, it had these sharp, scary-looking "teeth" on its bill - it gave me quite a shock! Are ducks really the only birds that have teeth? What's the purpose of those teeth for? Are the teeth directly attached to the bone? And if a duck bites you, does it hurt (how much, because of the teeth?)?

 

Images of ducks' teeth:

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Below: Looks like a white capercaillie.

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Below: A merganser's skull (with teeth?!).

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Any help would be happily appreciated!


Edited by Quails1 - 11/14/15 at 3:28pm
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Ducks (and geese) don't have teeth. What they do have are serrations on their bills to help grasp slippery things like fish and water plants. Is also used as a filter.

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Originally Posted by Free Spirit View Post
 

Ducks (and geese) don't have teeth. What they do have are serrations on their bills to help grasp slippery things like fish and water plants. Is also used as a filter.

also domestic geese use this serrated bill for cutting grass to eat.

 

The 2 pics of ducks bills with what looks like  teeth are not like domesticated ducks bills. 

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 Western N.C ~ 17 chickens= EE's, Game, variety of bantams,1Light Brahma, 2 Black Australorps . 5 Muscovy ducks, 8 Indian Runners and 2 Buff Orpington Ducks, 1 Embden gander,1 Toulouse goose , 3 mini Dachshunds, 2 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..

 

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Thank you! I'm looking forward to hearing more answers (and seeing pics of your ducks' teeth.)!

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Those are called "lamellae", they're kinda like duck baleen They're sharper on diving ducks 'cuz it helps them latch onto fishies!

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