The duck was a type of aquatic fowl indigenous to Earth. A baby duck was called a duckling.

The lyrics of "Oh My Darling, Clementine" mentioned the titular character driving ducklings to the water. (VOY: "Equinox") As a food, they were eaten roasted. (ENT: "Singularity")

In 2268, James Kirk told the Beta XII-A entity it was a dead duck aboard the USS Enterprise, as he and Kang's people had realized they could defeat it with peace. (TOS: "Day of the Dove")

In 2285, when the Enterprise entered the Mutara sector, they were engaged in combat by a Klingon Bird-of-Prey commanded by Kruge. During the attack, they had lost control of their ship, Kirk said: "So, we're a sitting duck." (Star Trek III: The Search for Spock)

Ducks were among the animals brought by the Bringloidi when they were evacuated from their planet by the USS Enterprise-D in 2365. (TNG: "Up The Long Ladder")

In 2367, Wesley Crusher was concerned that the Enterprise's saucer section was a sitting duck after being disabled by a Borg cube. (TNG: "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II")

In 2371, Chief O'Brien furiously told Michael Eddington that by sabotaging the USS Defiant, Eddington had turned them into sitting ducks for the Jem'Hadar. (DS9: "The Die is Cast")

That same year, the Farmer's Daughter tried to distract Harry Kim and Tom Paris by inviting them to see the duck pond. (VOY: "Caretaker")

In 2372, following an attack by Kazon raiders, Chakotay described USS Voyager and its crew as sitting ducks. (VOY: "Alliances")

Later that year, Captain Kathryn Janeway likened the constant, minor attacks by Kazon raiders on Voyager to being "pecked to death by ducks." Soon after, when Voyager had been captured by Kazon, Tom Paris sent a message to The Doctor on the Emergency medical holographic channel and described himself as a "dead duck" if The Doctor wasn't receiving it. (VOY: "Basics, Part II", "Basics, Part I")

In 2373, Captain Benjamin Sisko told Jadzia Dax that the Defiant would be a sitting duck if they hadn’t finished laying the minefield before the imminent arrival of Dominion forces. (DS9: "Call to Arms")

In 2374, Major Kira Nerys told Sisko that the Defiant was a sitting duck for Jem'Hadar attack as long as they remained tethered to the miniaturized USS Rubicon. (DS9: "One Little Ship")

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