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The Torrent Ducks – Live and Find Food in Rapids

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River; River Channel and Tributaries; Source of River; River Gorge; Freshwater For Life; Waterfalls; Rapids In River; Torrent Ducks – Live and Find Food in Rapids; Salmons – the Anti-rapids of river; River Meander; Nutrients And Life; Sediments And The Mud; Floodplains; River Deltas; Junction of Rivers; Damage by Rivers; Dams Over Rivers; Spoiling of Rivers

Most plants are not able to grow roots in the rapids, and few animals can survive in the fast-flowing water. The “torrent duck”, which lives along part of the Amazon River in South America, is one bird that has found a special way to live and find food in fast-flowing water. The torrent duck can brace itself against rocks with a long, stiff-quilled tail. It holds on with tiny spurs at the "wrists" of its wings. Finding food in the rushing water of the rapids is hard. The torrent duck eats tiny insect larvae.

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