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North American Ruddy Duck

Stiff-tailed ducks, like this North American ruddy duck female, lay some of the biggest eggs relative to their body size of all birds. This one is obviously carrying a load. Ruddy ducks already have a tough time navigating on land due to the positioning of their legs so far back on their body for diving purposes. Adding on the extra size of her large eggs, you can see she obviously has a tough time getting around!

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