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Mark Billiau.

Pro Member, region Antwerp, Belgium

Domesticated Crested Duck (male)

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.

Comments 37

  • Cobrak 12/21/2013 1:06

  • Lindabrechon 01/09/2013 23:19

    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.
  • Vera M. Shulga 11/30/2011 20:33

    wonderful presentation of this very beautiful duck!
  • Gaby Darsow 11/16/2011 11:39

    Die Ente mit ungewöhnlicher Frisur,:-)
    Tolle Aufnahme!
  • Birgit Noack 11/15/2011 23:11

    Wonderful portrait of this amazing duck !!!
    Regards, Birgit
  • Janet Morgan 11/15/2011 22:01

    What a cutie, Mark and captured beautifully
  • Jochen Braband 11/15/2011 12:24

    Sieht so aus, als ob sie gerade vom Friseur
    kommt. (-:
    Die hast du sehr gut gesehen und fotografiert!
    Tolle Qualität!
    LG. Jochen
  • willy ombret 11/15/2011 11:36

    magnifique shoot
    très beau
    willy ombret
  • qRudi 11/14/2011 22:56

    Gewoon enig, leuke en excellente foto.
  • Lawson McCulloch 11/14/2011 22:12

    Hi Mark, Excellent detail and sharpness in this shot.
    best wishes from Lawson.
  • Silvia Simonato. 11/14/2011 21:10

    Genial… Muy buena imagen!!.
    Saludos Silvia
  • Angelika Ritter 11/14/2011 20:58

    first time that I see a duck like this.
    very interesting shot.
    bw angie
  • Angelika El. 11/14/2011 20:52

    Herrlich, wie mit einem Krönchen geschmückt, so sieht sie aus, diese wunderschöne Ente und den ganz fein gezeichneten Federn in den warmen Farben!


  • Perry Blevins 11/14/2011 20:27

    Superior sharpness and well composed.
  • Josef Kainz 11/14/2011 19:32

    Eine hübsche Ente gute Aufnahme
    vg. josef
  • Deryck 11/14/2011 19:31

    I've never seen this kind of duck. Thanks for the info Mark.
    It is a great shot. Excellent details
  • Timucin Toprak 11/14/2011 19:30

    perfect shot....!
  • Vitória Castelo Santos 11/14/2011 17:56

    Sehr schöne Szene, toll fotografiert..... Klasse Bild !
    LG Vitoria
  • Leo_nid 11/14/2011 17:40

    i wonder if there is a variation with flap ears
    great shot
    never seen these ducks before
  • Adele Oliver 11/14/2011 17:20

    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.
    greetings, Adele
  • Heinz Janovsky 11/14/2011 16:41

    Eigenwillige Frisur, feines Foto.
    Gruß Heinz
  • Ayse Nalan Yasin 11/14/2011 16:16

    Excellent shot, beautiful details..
    Cheers Ayse
  • aline64 11/14/2011 16:06

    il est superbe ce canard, avec sa petite houppette sur la tête, excellent shoot Mark
  • Hans-Günther Schöner 11/14/2011 15:11

    Einmalige Aufnahme mit top Qualität !!

    Mark,sehr gut !!!

  • TeresaM 11/14/2011 14:16

    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.