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“Some domestic birds have interesting headgear. Chickens have combs and turkeys have snoods and wattles, but most ducks simply have smooth feathers on their heads (albeit sometimes brightly colored feathers).

Not crested ducks. Not to be confused with the wild crested duck of South America, this fancily-quoiffed duck is descended from the domestic mallard and sports a pouf of feathers growing out of back of its head. This crest is actually caused by a genetic mutation that duck breeders have selected for. This mutation causes a duck to be born with a gap in its skull, which is filled with a growth of fatty tissue. It’s from this growth that the pouf of feathers sprouts."

Information From Animal Planet


  • Ellen van Deelen
    Ellen van Deelenover 2 years ago

    How beautiful!!

  • Thank you, Ellen!

    – Bonnie T. Barry

  • Gabrielle  Lees
    Gabrielle Leesover 2 years ago

    That is cute Bonnie! Love the crest!

    Gabe :)

  • Thank you, Gabe!

    – Bonnie T. Barry

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 2 years ago

    How cute and interesting!

  • Thank you, Dot!

    – Bonnie T. Barry

  • Lilian Marshall
    Lilian Marshallover 2 years ago

    Beautiful . Love the pompom.

  • Thank you, Lilian!

    – Bonnie T. Barry

  • Agnes McGuinness
    Agnes McGuinnessover 2 years ago

    Very glamourous bird, dear Bonnie. Such a lovely capture. x

  • Thank you, Agnes; I love your adjective—glamorous!

    – Bonnie T. Barry

  • Agnes McGuinness
    Agnes McGuinnessover 2 years ago

    It’s the hairstyle, Bonnie. lol. x

  • It does look quite glamorous, doesn’t it! Thanks for the input, Agnes. I appreciate it.

    – Bonnie T. Barry

  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyover 2 years ago

    Great shot and info. I have seen these ducks at agricultural shows but not in the wild

  • Thank you very much; love your photo of a whole flock of these ducks!

    – Bonnie T. Barry

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