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Difference Between Ducks and Geese

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Ducks vs Geese

Knowing the difference of ducks and geese is like learning the alphabets all over again. Not that the knowledge is elementary but because it’s fun. Ducks and geese are related to each other did you know that? Not only because they have almost similar looks, similar shelter (ponds and lakes) and almost similar characteristics but because they are truly related belonging to the same family Anatidae. Although they are related in so many similar ways, these creatures are not twins and definitely bound to have many different characteristics that set them apart from each other.

Here are the different characteristics of a duck and a goose.

Duck, to begin with, is a common name for every other bird that belongs to the Anatidae family. Other members are swans and of course the geese, but other than that, they are called ducks. A male duck is called the drake and a baby duck is called a duckling. See? It’s A, B, and C all over again! Ducks live in aquatic environments (but they can also walk on land), may it be fresh waters or salty waters, or if you want to pet them they can swim on the water waves of your bathtub. Some ducks are great underwater foragers that dive to search for mollusks, aquatic plants, and small fish. They also feed on insects, grasses, small amphibians, and other food that can be exploited. Ducks are generally stout birds with colorful feathers ranging from orange to green, to black, and to yellow. They have good quality white meat, which may be why they are hunted down for sports in some of the states in the U.S. Ducks are also domesticated for their eggs, their down ( layer of fine feathers used as insulators for clothing), and their other larger feathers. Ducks were also made popular in some kids cartoons: Daffy Duck, Donald Duck, ducks from Darkwing Duck, and many others. One more quick fact about ducks is that only the female bunch makes the ‘quacking’ noise. The drakes do not.

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Geese, on the other hand, quite have elongated necks compared to the ducks, which are stouter. Like the ducks, they also prefer aquatic environments. The Male geese are called ‘ganders’ and a baby goose is called ‘goslings’. Although geese live on aquatic surroundings, they prefer a green leafy veggie diet. It is also said that geese downs have less odor compared to that of the duck down. Not only has that, geese also had more webbings on the feet compared to ducks. Geese only have a 3 color wheel chart. Their feathers are gray, black, white, or spotted gray, black or white. Geese often star on mythological and bedtime stories compared to ducks that often star on televisions. One story concerning a goose is that when Aphrodite, the Roman goddess of love, first came ashore she was welcomed by Charites with a chariot pulled and drawn by a goose. There’s also a story about the goose that lays golden eggs. Geese honk loudly as a form of communication. One more quick fact about geese is that they have strong urges to return to where they hatched and even as they grow up, they always tend to go back top where they came from.

SUMMARY:

Ducks and Geese belong to one family: Anatidae.

Ducks are stouter and Geese are longer.

Ducks were made popular in cartoons while geese appeared in some mythological and bedtime stories.


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4 Comments

  1. I enjoyed reading your info on the differences of ducks & geese, I was watching a Disney channel show with my kids and they wanted to know, so thank you. Your article has help me explain the differences with ease.

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  2. You have a typo “Their weathers are grey, black, white, or spotted grey, black or white.” Supposed to be feathers right? Other than that very informative article thanks!

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  3. Thanks for the info. Article could do with some proof reading though.

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  4. Thank you for this great article, with so many necessary information about these great animals. I printed it and put it in my bathroom so i rembember it. It is another proof that if geese where many more, they would control the world.

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A Canadian goose.

A Canadian goose.

noun
  1. The definition of a goose is a water bird with a long neck and webbed feet.

    A female waterfowl with a long neck is an example of a goose.

verb
  1. To goose someone is defined as to pinch the person in the buttocks.

    When you pinch a girl's buttocks, this is an example of to goose.


goose

noun

pl.
  1. any of various long-necked, web-footed, wild or domestic waterfowl that are like ducks but larger; esp., a female as distinguished from a gander
  2. the flesh of a goose, used for food
  3. a silly person
  4. a tailor's pressing iron with a long handle curved somewhat like the neck of a goose
  5. Informal a sudden, playful prod in the backside

Origin of goose

Middle English gose from Old English gos, akin to Dutch and German gans, Old Norse gas from Indo-European an unverified form ?hans from source Classical Latin anser; goosetransitive verb probably for the fact that geese sometimes attack children from the rear

transitive verb

goosed, goos′ing
  1. to prod suddenly and playfully in the backside so as to startle
  2. to feed gasoline to (an engine) in irregular spurts
  3. to prod, or stir, into action
goose Idioms

cook someone's goose

Informal to spoil someone's chances, hopes, etc.

goose

noun

pl. geese,
  1. a. Any of various wild or domesticated waterbirds of the family Anatidae, and especially of the genera Anser, Branta, and Chen, characteristically having a shorter neck than that of a swan and a shorter, more pointed bill than that of a duck.
    b. The female of such a bird.
    c. The flesh of such a bird used as food.
  2. Informal A silly person.
  3. pl. goos·es A tailor's pressing iron with a long curved handle.
  4. Slang A poke, prod, or pinch between or on the buttocks.

transitive verb

goosed, goos·ing, goos·es Slang
  1. To poke, prod, or pinch (a person) between or on the buttocks.
  2. To move to action; spur: goosed the governor to sign the tax bill.
  3. To give a spurt of fuel to (a car, for example); cause to accelerate quickly: “The pilot goosed his craft, powering away” ( Nicholas Proffitt )

Origin of goose

Middle English goos from Old English gōs ; see ghans- in Indo-European roots.


goose

Noun

(plural geese)

  1. Any of various grazing waterfowl of the family Anatidae, bigger than a duck
    There is a flock of geese on the pond.
  2. The flesh of the goose used as food.
  3. (slang) A stupid person
  4. (archaic) A tailor's iron, heated in live coals or embers, used to press fabrics.
  5. (South Africa, slang, dated) A young woman or girlfriend.
Usage notes
  1. A male goose is called a gander. A young goose is a gosling.
  2. A group of geese can be called a gaggle when they are on the ground or in the water, and a skein or a wedge when they are in flight.
Verb

(third-person singular simple present gooses, present participle goosing, simple past and past participle goosed)

  1. (slang) To sharply poke or pinch someone's buttocks. Derived from a goose's inclination to bite at a retreating intruder's hindquarters.
  2. To stimulate, to spur.
  3. (slang) To gently accelerate an automobile or machine, or give repeated small taps on the accelerator.
  4. (British slang) Of private-hire taxi drivers, to pick up a passenger who has not pre-booked a cab. This is unauthorised under UK licensing conditions.
Origin

From Middle English goos, gos, from Old English gōs, from Proto-Germanic *gans, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰans- (compare West Frisian goes, North Frisian göis (also Fering-Öömrang dialect gus; Sölring dialect guus; Heligoland dialect gus), Low German Goos, Gans, Dutch gans, German Gans, Danish gås, Swedish gås, Norwegian gås, Icelandic gæs, Irish , Latin ānser, Latvian zùoss, Russian гусь (gus'), Albanian gatë, Ancient Greek χήν (chén), Avestan (zā), Sanskrit हंस (haṃsa)).


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Ducks vs Geese

Knowing the difference of ducks and geese is like learning the alphabets all over again. Not that the knowledge is elementary but because it’s fun. Ducks and geese are related to each other did you know that? Not only because they have almost similar looks, similar shelter (ponds and lakes) and almost similar characteristics but because they are truly related belonging to the same family Anatidae. Although they are related in so many similar ways, these creatures are not twins and definitely bound to have many different characteristics that set them apart from each other.

Here are the different characteristics of a duck and a goose.

Duck, to begin with, is a common name for every other bird that belongs to the Anatidae family. Other members are swans and of course the geese, but other than that, they are called ducks. A male duck is called the drake and a baby duck is called a duckling. See? It’s A, B, and C all over again! Ducks live in aquatic environments (but they can also walk on land), may it be fresh waters or salty waters, or if you want to pet them they can swim on the water waves of your bathtub. Some ducks are great underwater foragers that dive to search for mollusks, aquatic plants, and small fish. They also feed on insects, grasses, small amphibians, and other food that can be exploited. Ducks are generally stout birds with colorful feathers ranging from orange to green, to black, and to yellow. They have good quality white meat, which may be why they are hunted down for sports in AQxMxM also domesticated for their eggs, their down ( layer of fine feathers used as insulators for clothing), and their other larger feathers. Ducks were also made popular in some kids cartoons: Daffy Duck, Donald Duck, ducks from Darkwing Duck, and many others. One more quick fact about ducks is that only the female bunch makes the ‘quacking’ noise. The drakes do not.

Ducks

Ducks

Geese, on the other hand, quite have elongated necks compared to the ducks, which are stouter. Like the ducks, they also prefer aquatic environments. The Male geese are called &