Freckled Duck


Freckled Duck (Stictonetta naevosa)

The Freckled Duck (Stictonetta naevosa) is a duck from the family of water birds that includes ducks, geese, and swans (Anatidae).

Species name

Dutch name:
English name:
Freckled Duck
German name:
French name:
Stictonette tachet
Scientific name:
Stictonetta naevosa

Scientific classification




Entire Body uniform dark grey-brown, minutely freckled all over with buff or whitish markings on every feather. freckles smallest on head and neck, which therefore appear darker, and largest on underparts, which thus appear paler, especially on lower belly , flanks and undertail- converts, where the freckles merge into vermiculations. Head proportionately large and slight crest, giving distinct small peak to rear crown and persenting an almost triangular profile. Deep broad bill, flattened towards tip , slate grey with basal third a bright orange-red. Legs and feet dark grey. In flight, upperwing-converts freckled, put underwing-coverts whitish, blotched and edged dull brown; flight feathers dark brown above, pale brown below.

Slightly smaller and paler overall with rather larger frekles. Lacks Red on bill.

Lighter brown with deep buff freckles. 


The freckled duck is a highly compatible species, with various establishments holding this species in groups of various sizes, sex ratios and species with no interspecific or intraspecific aggression. However, there has been limited success with breeding programs when housed in mixed exhibits.

Behavioural considerations are another consideration to take into account when holding a captive population of freckled ducks. The most important of these considerations is the possibility of imprinting on a subject other than the mother. Imprinting is an instinctual phenomenon that occurs early on in life whereby the juvenile establishes a long lasting behavioural response to the parent (or another animal, person or thing that is present during the crucial imprinting period). Imprinting on human keepers is a serious consideration, as hatchlings require the mother to learn important behaviour traits including vocalisations, feeding, and other important attributes.

Standard Measurements

Body Length (cm):
The male (drake) of the Freckled Duck measures approximately 51-56 centimeters. The female measures approximately 51-56 centimeters.
Body Weight (grams):
The male will weight about 725-950 gram. The female will weight about 725-950 gram.
The weight is notoriously variable and can only be used as indication!

Nesting usually occurs between October and December but can take place at other times when conditions are favourable. Nests are usually located in dense vegetation at or near water level and are made from finely woven twigs with a layer of down. Males remain with females during early incubation, but the female does all of the incubation and rearing of the young. 

The female Freckled Duck usually lays from 5-9 creamy white, glossy, smooth and almost perfectly oval eggs and incubates them for 28-30 days.

Artificial incubating:

The ideal relative humidity for incubating most waterfowl eggs is 55% (ground nesters) and 40% (cavity nesters). The temperature is usually 37.4°C. Set ventilation as recommended by the incubator manufacturer. Eggs must be turned, either automatically or by hand, a minimum of 4 times a day. As the duckling develops there is a loss of water from the egg and the air sac gets bigger. In normal development of an egg with a 28-30 days incubation, the air sac occupies about a third of it three days earlier. Cleanliness is vital and ideally eggs should be moved to a separate hatcher at this point, where the humidity should be increased to 65% and even higher once they have pipped internally.

Bird banding:
Recommended closed leg band ring size for the Freckled Duck is 9 mm.
The leg band ring can only be applied on a young duck at around 12 days old.

It doesn't matter what leg that you band, but it's good to have a consistent system.
Suggested: Left leg = Female, Right leg = Male
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