Waterfowl are aquatic, swimming birds. Ducks, geese and swans are waterfowl, but other aquatic, swimming birds, like the American coot (Fulica americana) can be considered as waterfowl species, too. These birds stay near a water source throughout the year. A few waterfowl nest and raise their young in Illinois, although the majority of these birds travel much farther north to do so. We see a variety of waterfowl species as they move to and from their breeding grounds. November is a prime time to observe them. Use the information on this page to learn more about waterfowl. Tell us about your experiences with waterfowl and send photos, too! Click here for more information about some of Illinois’ waterfowl!
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