Freckled Duck (Stictonetta naevosa)
- Dutch name:
- English name:
- Freckled Duck
- German name:
- French name:
- Stictonette tachet
- Scientific name:
- Stictonetta naevosa
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.
- 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.
- Bird banding:
- Recommended leg band size for the Freckled Duck is 9 mm.The leg band can only be applied on a young duck at around 12 days old.
- It doesn't matter what leg that you band, but it is good to have a consistent system. Suggested: Left leg = Female, Right leg = Male
- Preferred food:
Lundi Regular with a protein content of 20%, valuable Spirulina and high-quality by-products is optimally balanced in its composition maintenance food for water ornamental fowl of all kinds. Especially green teal and Whistling ducks that are not dependent on a very high protein content, are well supplied.
Lundi Regular contains all the minerals and vitamins in full form that are important for the animals. Therefore also suitable as breeding food.
Floating full food for all sea ducks, green ducks, eider ducks and geese, especially in the moulting and breeding phase ideally suited. Packed with wholesome raw materials, natural vitamins and trace elements, this performance food with a protein content of 30% forms the basis for lifelong vitality.