What are Wildfowl

Once, "fowl" was the term used to describe all birds, and "wildfowl" meant, simply, "wildbirds". Today the term is used to describe one family of birds - the ducks, geese and swans. The wildfowl are included in one order - Anseriformes - as the family ANATIDAE. There are 147 distinct species of duck, goose or swan.

The animals in this diverse group are found throughout the world and are superbly adapted to life on land, in air and, of course, on and under the water. The sharing of a watery habitat links all wildfowl. The communities of life, including the birds, depend upon the maintenance of these habitats - called, generically, "Wetlands"