crested duck

Crested Duck

Anas platyrhynchos crested


Description

Crested Ducks are medium-sized domestic ducks. A Crested Duck’s most prominent feature is the tuft of feathers on top of its head.

Size

Males weigh about 7 pounds and females are slightly smaller, weighing about 6 pounds.

Adaptations

Diet

The ducks at Cosley Zoo are fed commercially prepared duck food pellets.

Reproduction

Crested Ducks lay 9-13 eggs at a time. The eggshells are white or blue in color. Duck eggs incubate for 27 or 28 days before hatching.

Shelter and Space Needs

Domestic ducks require shelter from the wind and rain, access to food and water, and fencing to keep them contained. Crested Ducks require only a low fence due to their limited flight ability. The ducks at Cosley Zoo are kept on a pond surrounded by trees and shrubs that serve as shelter.

Life Expectancy

Domestic ducks kept as pets live an average of 8-12 years.

Importance to Man

The Crested Duck is a domestic duck that can be raised for both meat and eggs.

Fun Facts