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I was told that during a certain time of the year geese and ducks cannot fly. Is this true?


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Yes, for a few weeks during summer, after the breeding season many aquatic birds including most ducks, geese, swans, loons, grebes and some others molt all their flight feathers at once and cannot fly. The plumage following summer molt is usually less colorful than breeding season plumage and may help the birds survive this critical time by being less visible.

J. Elliott


Once a year geese and ducks will molt all their flight feathers at once. This leaves them flightless for a short amount of time in which they keep themselves in safe locations.

Grace Fields


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