The Crested probably originates in the East Indies, with subsequent development in Holland. Crested ducks are seen in seventeenth-century paintings such as those of Melchior d’Hondecoeter and Jan Steen. Paintings as old as 2000 years have depicted images of a bird, resembling a duck with an assortment of feathers on top of its skull. In the United States the breed was described by D.J. Browne in 1853. The white Crested was added to the American Standard of Perfection in 1874; the black variant was added in 1977. The Crested was recognized in the United Kingdom in 1910. In the UK, as in several other European countries, any color is permitted.
They are large ducks, with the males about 76 cm (30 in) long, and weighing up to 7 kg (15 lb). Females are considerably smaller, and only grow to 3 kg (6.6 lb), roughly half the males’ size. The bird is predominantly black and white, with the back feathers being iridescent and glossy in males, while the females are more drab. The amount of white on the neck and head is variable, as well as the bill, which can be yellow, pink, black, or any mixture of these. They may have white patches or bars on the wings, which become more noticeable during flight. Both sexes have pink or red wattles around the bill, those of the male being larger and more brightly colored.
Great pictures again.
Thank you, Susan. 🙂
I loved these two characters.
They seem to be smiling. Thanks Tom. 🙂
Interesting HJ, had not encountered the Crested Duck before.
Thank you, Ashley. 🙂
Two lovely shots, HJ! I always think Crested Ducks look like their wearing a powdered wig and Muscovy Ducks like their going to a masquerade party. Two unique ducks! 🙂
I find them amusing! They wear a smile in their face, Thank you, Donna. 🙂
They do! 😃
I remember the Muscovies well from my grandfather’s farm as I was growing up. You had to be very wary near a nest!
They are huge ducks, not to mess with them! Thank you, D. 🙂