Ducks have accents based on their location, according to research conducted by Middlesex University in London. They found that ducks’ quacks varied depending on the particular region of England they lived in, similarly to the humans’ regional accents. For example, ducks in the busy city of London were more likely to have a louder, more abrasive quack that is thought to be comparable to the Cockney accent of East Londoners. In comparison, ducks in the rural peninsula of Cornwall were found to have a quieter, calmer tone to their quacks. The difference in duck accents is thought to perhaps be the result of environment, as city ducks must be louder to be heard over traffic and street noise than rural ducks.
More about ducks:
- A duck’s field of vision is approximately 340 degrees, so they can view nearly everything above, below, and around them without turning their head.
- The long-tailed duck can dive the deepest out of any sea birds, and have been found to reach depths of 240 feet (73.15 m).
- Ducks’ feathers are controlled by a detailed muscular system consisting of up to 12,000 different muscles.