A mallard with a split brain

By madventure | Nature, Photography | 17 Mar 2024


Saying someone has a bird's brain certainly shouldn't apply to ducks. Did you know that almost all ducks only use half of their brains at a time?

The work of the duck's brain is closely related to the life of the duck, which must be alert all the time, which must be prepared for a threat and react quickly, or take care of the young, but at the same time must rest itself.

Therefore, depending on the situation, the duck uses one and the other hemisphere of the brain, so that one of them can regenerate, rest, and the other stay awake and work. In short, a duck works and watches at the same time. I think that the developed Homo Sapiens would also like to have such a feature, because so far we, the human race, have bird's brains when it comes to using it.

The mallard also has a divisible brain and is no exception, and it is also beautiful. In short, beautiful and smart. Mallard Duck can be found almost all over the world and it is the most numerous representative of the Anatidae family, i.e. ducklings.

As is often the case with birds, the male is definitely more nicely colored. Shimmering green intertwined with metallic blue and purple on the duck's head, contrasts beautifully with the yellow beak and orange legs.

The head is separated from the rest of the body by a white collar. The throat and breast of the duck are brown in color, while the belly is white. The sides and top are colored grey.

The male is more massive and heavier than the female. It can weigh even more than 1500 grams, it is also much longer because it reaches about 65 cm.

When the females take care of the offspring, the males often do nothing but lazily bask in the sun.

Ducks are omnivores. Whatever they can hunt goes to their beak, but the main menu consists of both aquatic and terrestrial plants. In search of food in the water, ducks do not dive, but you could say they snorkel - like humans, they immerse only the front part of the body with the beak in the water, and the rest, i.e. the rump and tail, dangle above the water. It looks quite funny.

Photo: Panasonic Lumix
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