There is no exact definition for any symbol; each symbol is open to interpretation and birds are no exception to this. Their symbolism can vary greatly depending on different cultures and religion. The Duck is generally thought to be a symbol of resourcefulness. The duck has the ability to walk, swim, fly and 'duck' under the water to feed or hide from predators. In both Chinese and Japanese culture, the duck is a symbol of happiness and fidelity. When the duck and drake are together, it is a sign of happiness and beauty. The duck is a symbol which joins the sea and the sky according to Native American mythology.
Duck Symbol - Meaning
The duck is defined as being a small wild or domesticated web-footed broad-billed swimming bird usually having a depressed body and short legs. They are a mainly aquatic bird and can be found in both fresh and sea water. The Duck belongs to the Anatidae family of birds which includes Ducks, Geese and Swans.
Duck Symbol - Facts
The duck is featured in many cartoons and the creature is often used to portray silly behaviour. The most famous 'duck' characters are Walt Disney's 'Donald Duck' and Warner Brothers 'Daffy Duck'
Domesticated ducks are birds that have been bred and raised specifically for their meat, eggs and down
Ducks are also often kept as pets
Domesticated ducks are descended from the Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), apart from the Muscovy Duck (Cairina moschata)
Peking Duck is one of the national dishes of China
The indigenous people of the United States had an unusual method of creating the color blue for their war paint, clothes and teepees, the used duck manure!
The Duck is used in Native American Folklore. The story entitled 'Shingebiss' highlights the strength of the underdog and the importance of perseverance and fortitude. The story is centred around a duck who defies the harsh cold winter while others cower
The Duck was a symbol of Isis, the Egyptian goddess who was a patron of nature and magic. The following quote is taken from the book 'The Burden of Isis' which was published in 1910: "Thy duck, thy sister, Isis, produceth the sweet odours belonging to thee and with thee, Yet thy way doth not tend toward us, oh our lord!"
Duck Symbol - Dream Explanation
Seeing ducks in your dream, either represents spiritual freedom (if flying) or it represents the unconscious (if swimming)
Ducks are rather multi-talented animals that can walk, swim and fly and thus may represent your flexibility and in blending into various situations
To dream of a Duck could be a symbol that you are setting yourself up or being set up for the kill as associated by the phrase "sitting duck"
The duck may be a pun on "ducking" some issue or situation, instead of confronting it head-on
Seeing a white duck in your dream is a symbol of falsehood and deceit
Dream Interpretation - Significance of Bird Symbol
The following explanation of dreams involving birds in general is taken from the book entitled 'Dream Dictionary (10,000 Dreams Interpreted - by Gustavus Hindman Miller)':
It is a favorable symbol in a dream to see birds of beautiful plumage. A wealthy and happy partner is near if a woman has dreams of this nature
Moulting and song less birds, could denote merciless and inhuman treatment of the outcast and fallen by people of wealth
To see a wounded bird, is a symbol of fateful of deep sadness caused by erring offspring
To see flying birds, is a symbol of prosperity to the dreamer. All disagreeable environments will vanish before the wave of prospective good
To catch birds, is not at all bad. To hear them speak, is owning one's inability to perform tasks that demand great clearness of perception.