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Mark Billiau.

World 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.

Domesticated Crested Duck (female)
Domesticated Crested Duck (female)
Mark Billiau.

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