STATUS IN THE WILD: Least Concern
RANGE North America and Central America
PHYSICAL FEATURES AND CHARACTERISTICS
Crested ducks are a breed of domestic duck that were taken to Europe from the East Indies. Adults can reach about seven pounds in weight. They are popular for their large patch of feathers on the top of their head, but only about half of the crested duck offspring are born with this feature. Their crest is a genetic trait that has been selectively bred. The crest trait can cause issues with the offspring and can lead to a low rate of survival.
LIFESTYLE AND REPRODUCTION
Crested ducks lay a little over a dozen eggs at a time. The eggs incubate for 27 days before they hatch.
They are native to the West Indies islands in the Caribbean.
HABITAT & DIET
They are found near water and will feed on plant growth both in the water and on the nearby shores.