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Ducks Have Teeth?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Quails1, Nov 14, 2015.

  1. Quails1

    Quails1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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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!
     
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2015
  2. Free Spirit

    Free Spirit The Chiarian

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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.
     
  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    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.
     
  4. Quails1

    Quails1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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

    Amykins Overrun With Chickens

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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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  6. tcmarie

    tcmarie Just Hatched

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  7. Quails1

    Quails1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cool! What duck is that?
     
  8. tcmarie

    tcmarie Just Hatched

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    He's a mallard... But I'm starting to think he's a freak of nature because after looking up other mallards, I haven't found any with such huge serrations :/
     
  9. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Not a freak just able to chew lettuce in a single chomp. [​IMG]
     

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