Black Crested Ducks
The Black Crested duck
is black and iridescent green bird with a feathered crest on the top of the head. The Crested Duck
first appeared for show in Great Britain, and have been popular to breed and raise for their unique appearance. Nearly all types of ducks can be bred to have crests on their heads, as it is actually a genetic mutation which allows tissue to emerge through a gap in the cranium.
Black Crested ducklings
are completely black but will develop some greenish and possibly even white feathers as they mature. These birds are bred primarily for show and ornamental purposes., as they are not excellent egg producers. This breed of Crested Duck
was admitted into the American Poultry Association
, and is the only other crested duck breed to be a member other than the White Crested Duck
are difficult to breed and hatch due to the precise genetic specifications necessary to produce the crest mutation. We do not recommended Crested Ducks
for beginner breeders. However, if you are looking for a unique and cool pet, or a great bird to lay eggs, Black Crested ducks
are a great choice.