Waterfowl Anatomy & Physiology: A Dozen Key Facts

Waterfowl belong to Order Anseriformes. Virtually all anseriforms belong to family Anatidae, which consists of ducks, geese, and swans. If you are comfortable with psittacine anatomy and physiology, then many features of waterfowls will be familiar. LafeberVet has listed twelve interesting and clinically significant facts about waterfowl . . .


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Pollock C. Waterfowl anatomy and physiology: A dozen key facts. December 5, 2012. LafeberVet Web site. Available at https://lafeber.com/vet/waterfowl-anatomy-physiology-a-dozen-key-facts/