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Anatidaephobia: The Fear of Being Watched by a... Duck?

Updated on April 29, 2012

What is Anatidaephobia?

"Anitidae" meaning duck; and "phobia" meaning fear - Anatidaephobia is the uncontrollable fear of being watched by a duck. While this sounds like a joke, it's a genuine fear that some people actually have.

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As with most phobias, Anatidaephobia is typically caused by a real-life trauma usually taking place during childhood. Perhaps the person had a bad experience with ducks or geese and now feels vulnerable to them.

The video displayed to the right shows a good example of how one might acquire this fear.

While this may sound comical, think of it this way: As a child, if you were harassed by an older man with a creepy trench-coat, then wouldn't you be scared of creepy looking men with trench-coats?

For some, the answer might be no. For others, like people suffering from Anatidaephobia, this feeling can really stay in ones mind and take a toll on an individual's life.

Symptoms Include:

  • Dry Mouth
  • Shortness of Breath / Gasping
  • Extreme Muscle Tension
  • Trembling / Shaking
  • Feeling Trapped
  • Extreme Anxiety
  • Feeling Out of Control


There really isn't much one can do to receive help with this fear. However, you can try seeking help from psychologists and hypnotists to combat the problem. Generally, people with Anatidaephobia realize that their fear of being watched by a duck is irrational and not worth being afraid of.



While Anatidaephobia may be one of the silliest things you've ever heard, it is in fact a real fear lurking in the forefront of some unlucky individuals minds. This goes to show that if someone you know has a silly problem that you may not understand - don't think they're joking and certainly don't do anything to entice the fear. Remember, like Scott Hamilton once said: "The only disability in life is a bad attitude."


“If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, looks like a duck, it must be a duck”

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      anon 24 months ago

      @HellFighter, that's not what irony means.

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      Ironwolg 2 years ago

      I'm being watched by a duck and with a little bit of luck I can move away and never fear again.

      I saw his beak, he made a smirk, then he ducked his head to lurk and turned my blood to ice within my veins.

      I would migrate north if you could guarantee, that there are no ducks in the arctic sea.

      Their waddling gives me anxiety, whenever they're following me.

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      tonylu 3 years ago

      Disneyland must be Hell for these people. Although, to be honest, I guess there could be something a little creepy about a guy dressed in a Donald Duck costume.

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      luca 3 years ago

      Herondales boys...

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      Spongebob 4 years ago

      It's very real!It can be serious!I have a small fear of anatidaephobia,but I still joke about it sometimes.

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      Keriane Garton 4 years ago from Hereford, Herefordshire

      for the love of god, don't ever watch the new bingo players vid then!!

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      Steve 4 years ago

      One of the funniest things I've read. Kind of backed up here too, so maybe it is a real phobia!

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      PizzaHutt 5 years ago

      It's a fictional fear from the far side comic. Gary Larson made it up. People may be scared of ducks, but that's a different and nonfictional fear. Anatidaephobia is not real. Lol.

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      Duck Keeper 5 years ago

      If you are ever on a plane then you can guarantee you are being watched by a duck - somewhere, some how. I keep ducks, and occasionally they stop what they are doing, put their heads on one side and stare into the sky. When I look up I can see a tiny shiny speck in the sky that is a plane far away in the distance. They also watch me through the living room window!

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      5 years ago

      That video is HILARIOUS. The mere inclusion of the video cracks me up. Who's idea was it to find a child, find a duck, and film it harassing the kid for the sake of illustrating a traumatic situation? Seriously, I am infinitely amused.

      On a side note, I have a phobia of my face being touched. By anything and anyone (including myself) that hasn't been sterilized. Fun times. I WISH I was afraid of ducks. It would be a lot less tedious.

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      Fries 6 years ago

      This quaked me up if I can say that without it sounding fowl....

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      im afraid of ducks. help me...

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      pavan kumar 6 years ago

      i wana meet the person who has it

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      Its true! 6 years ago

      Fear of Ducks > Fear of God

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      Derek 7 years ago

      What the Duck!!!

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      Mizzery Chick 7 years ago from Outside your window...

      Nice. I have genuine empathy for these folks. I am lilapsophobic. I have a phobia of tornadoes. It's not a fear, it's a terror. I know my fear is irrational, but it's still there. Great hub. You did a wonderful job describing this phobia and it was really easy to read. I look forward to more from you. Perhaps some more phobia hubs?

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      HellFighter 7 years ago

      Lol at the irony of the very first thing you see on this page

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      mega1 8 years ago

      Ducks are very freaky, very mean unless you hand-raise them and then they are like "one-man ducks" and only like you. But geese - geese are actually like watch-dogs and will thoroughly intimidate you with horrible hissing sounds. I am not a big duck fan. Unless, its duck ala orange! hehe So, what made you write this Hub - ? interesting. hmmmmm.

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      The_Boss 8 years ago from CyberSpace

      Naa, I'm not scared of ducks. But there are people who really are. Antidaephobia caught my attention because it was so unusual and it just goes to show that no matter how silly someones problems may be, you shouldn't think of them as any less of a person.

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      mistywild 8 years ago from Houston, TX (Proud Texan)

      scared of ducks huh? well, it takes all kinds. very well laid presented and informative. Thanks for sharing!

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      The_Boss 8 years ago from CyberSpace

      Haha, I would assume you're right.

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      Josh Musser 8 years ago from Harrisburg, PA

      I'm assuming these people don't have Aflac for insurance...