Ducks: Tufted

Ducks: Tufted

Origin, diffusion and economic characteristics

Light duck characterized by the presence of a tuft of feathers on the top of the head. It descends from Mallard and has no certain native land. Raised in many states of the world both for the production of meat and eggs and for ornamental purposes. The appearance of the crest is linked to a lethal gene that manifests itself in a state of homozygosity, thus preventing 25% of the young from being born. Of the remaining 75%, 50% have the crest and 25% have a smooth head. Gregarious and sociable, she adapts well to live with other races. Easy to breed and weatherproof, it feeds on fodder and vegetables, supplementing the diet with insects, crustaceans and molluscs.

Morphological characteristics

There are many plumages: White, Blue, Black, Wild, Wild Silver, Trout.
Medium long body, prominent chest, slightly convex back at the end towards the tail.
Oval head, with a large, round crest, extending far behind the eye region. medium wings, well fitting. Yellow-orange or gray beak. Orange legs.
It lays 16 to 18 eggs which it hatches for 28-30 days.

Medium weight:
- Males: 2.1 - 2.5 kg
- Females 1.7 - 2.1 kg

White Tufted Ducks (website photo)

White Tufted Ducks (website photo)

Breed standard - FIAV

Origin: It is the result of a mutation of common European ducks.
Minimum weight g. 60
Shell color: greenish white.
MALE: 16
Country-type duck, lively temperament, with strongly curved spherical tuft behind the head. It is selected in all the recognized colors for ducks. Maintain strong build and excellent productivity, with perfectly spherical tufts.
General appearance and characteristics of the breed
Trunk: Powerful, well-fleshed, compact.
Head: Elongated and rounded, with an inclined forehead, characterized by the occipital tuft.
Beak: Long enough, well concave, dating back to the forehead.
Eyes: Round and large.
Face: Prominent.
Tuft: Spherical, positioned on the occipital part of the skull, it is formed by thin soft, silky feathers.
Neck: Not too big, medium long, harmoniously curved.
Shoulders: Wide and rounded.
Back: Fairly elongated and broad, slightly rounded; carried inclined towards the tail.
Ali: Quite long, closed; high flow rates.
Tail: Wide and of medium length; raised flow.
Chest: Full and round, without keel; carried high.
Legs: Powerful legs, hidden in the plumage of the hips; short and strong tarsi.
Musculature: Strong, with abundant meat.
Pigmentation: Intense.
Skin: Soft, yellowish.
Belly: Very well developed, deep.
MALE: Kg. 2,1-2,5
FEMALE: Kg. 1,7-2,1
Special advantages:
Well shaped, well spherical, large tuft.
Serious defects:
Tuft too small, hanging on one side or divided; small trunk.
Male: weight less than kg. 1.8
Female: weight less than kg. 1.5
Color defects are of secondary importance in this breed.
Conformation: Well fitting, smooth, with abundant down.


Pure bright white; white down jacket.
Serious defects:
Any trace of color other than white.

Uniform bright blue all over the body, without wing mirror. The presence of some isolated black feathers in the plumage is tolerated.

Background plumage and pure black duvet with beetle green reflections, particularly in the anatrone.
Serious defects:
White curls; white spots on the throat; very brown coloring at the base of the wings.

tuft head and bright green neck; the third lower part is divided, by the dark reddish brown spot on the chest, by a white ring open behind. The wing coverts are dark brown gray, blue wing mirror edged with black and silver white; dark gray remiges, white gray wing interior. Dark brown gray back that turns green black on the rump and in the curls. Dark brown tail, slightly lighter at the base. Lower body and belly, pearl gray with regular black wavy design.
tuft head and light brown neck, with a brown stripe, on both sides of the head, not too light which starts from the beak and passes through the eye reaching the nape. Covering the wings and brown back, each pen has a well-defined thin black brown stripe. Wing mirror identical to the anatrone. Remiganti, tail and belly of brown color. Brown breast with darker design.
Serious defects:
Male: closed neck ring; white curls.
Female: insufficient drawing.

the background color is cream white. Chest, base of neck, forelock, neck and shoulders, red brown, each pen is edged with white. The red-brown color extends a little on the sides. Silver gray belly. Black rump and brown tail with white edging. black curls. White wings with grayish reflections and bright blue wing mirror. Head and upper part of the neck black brunettes with bright green reflections, delimited by a closed white ring.
yellowish brown head and forelock, with the forehead strongly streaked with dark brown. The head and the upper part of the neck are, in young subjects, well delimited by the base of the neck which is clearer. Nape and back slightly streaked with brown; creamy white is dominant; lower parts of the chest and belly creamy white; the hips must be well streaked with brown; heavily speckled croup of brown. On the wings the wing mirror is very clear blue.
Serious defects:
Male: too dark color that hides all the cream white; absence of hemming; brown head; open loop; white spots at the base of the beak.
Female: no streaks; white head; gray wing mirror; very clear subjects; dominant light brown color; clear eye band.

tuft head and bright green neck; white ring open behind. Silver gray wings and back with blue wing mirror. Brown tail with slightly lighter ends, rump and green-black curls. Red-brown breast, light pearl gray belly with regular wavy design that becomes lighter towards the lano.
tuft head and light brown neck, with a light brown line, on both sides of the head, which starts from the beak and passes through the eye reaching the nape. Coverers of brown-edged wings; blue wing mirror. Ivory back, chest and belly with brown dots: drawing of the trout.
Serious defects:
Absence of trout design; closed neck ring; white curls.

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