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    Call Duck Guide

    ArticleThursday 09 December 2010
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    The Call duck is a widely popular choice of pet bird as it is known for being clean and looking after itself. On top of this, it is an easy breed to tame. Descending from the Mallard duck, selective breeding has resulted in a change of their characteristics over time. Smaller bodies and shorter bills have differentiated Call ducks from their ancestors. The Call duck is so well-loved today that they win competitions more than any other duck breed.

    History
    The Call duck’s main history is centred on the Netherlands and dates back hundreds of years. However, it has been thought that before this, they were actually native to a Far Eastern country, with Japan being the prime candidate. These birds arrived in Britain in the 1850s and made quite the spectacle of themselves due to their unusual appearance at the time. Their round heads drew lots of attention as this was very uncommon in wild ducks. Victorian exhibitions and illustrations of the Call duck increased its profile even further, until in the early 20th century their popularity declined greatly. Not until the 1970s did this duck make a reappearance and since then, it has really grown in people’s affections.

    Appearance
    The Call duck is a small breed and only weighs 0.68kg. They are characterised by their plump, round heads and short legs. They come in a variety of standard colours including white, grey, blue, chocolate and khaki.

    Behaviour
    Call ducks are known to be very vocal and therefore extremely loud. Their call is high-pitched and can travel a long distance. They are fairly easy to keep as they maintain their good condition themselves, as long as they have fresh food and water. A Call duck can produce between 25 and 75 eggs each year. They feed on wheat and require lots of water to drink and to bathe in.

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