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The domesticated Crested Duck is a duck breed that is descended from the wild mallard ancestor.
Its specific appearance is the result of a genetic mutation by duck breeders.
This mutation caused a deformity of the skull and resulted in a physical "crest" on the top of its head (or a ‘punk hairdo’, if you like).
This bird is only bred for captivity and rarely to be seen in the wild but I found a couple in the great outdoors on a big pond in the middle of the forest (escaped or released from captivity ?)
Dutch name : Tamme Kuifeend
German name : Crested Ente
Latin name : Anas domestica cristata
Here you can see a picture of a female specimen of this duck breed.
die sieht ja interessant aus, habe ich hier noch nie gesehen, eine feine Aufnahme,
Übrigens Mark, haben wir gestern eine kleine Wanderung unternommen und viele Blutreizger gefunden, das wären für Dich tolle Motive gewesen,
We will never get to know how the genetically modified animal really feels so I always have mixed feelings whenever I see such genetically "improved" creatures.
I wonder that their lifespan is - about the same as of all other ducks?
But the picture is beautiful, Mark, so sharp and vivid in colours. Bw, Viola
oh wow! it's the proverbial "odd duck" you captured here!! i've never seen this kind of waterbird before! he has a certain "tolstoyan" look to him – wearing a russian fur hat and looking very well-dressed for autumn! a freak of nature? of course, not!! only humans can come up with strange mutations like that! but good to hear he's able to survive in a wild habitat! greetings, sabine. p.s.: like his gentle looks and how he matches the sunken atumn leaves perfectly in color!
Une excellente et belle photo de ce canard.
Je n'en ai jamais vu qu'un seul exemplaire en réel et deux photos sur FC... je croyais avoir affaire à des "originaux" ;-D
Merci pour ces explications, Mark.
How very interesting the story of this unusual breed (have not seen them here) .... quite beautiful the plumeage and funny the "topknot". A splendid image, great definition, beautiful in the water with the floating Autumn leaves.
I have been seeing here in Homestead, Florida (2) of the above ducks in a pond. I have been stopping by everyday to look at them as I have never seen a duck that looked like this. They are gorgeous birds!! One of them looks like the above picture and the other one is the same color with no crest.