Originally Posted by Mccluckers
haha! not quite sure how she came about as all parents are black magpie, both the drake and the hen must have been chocolate carriers....
what is the difference between magpie and ancona?
Magpie is a very distinct set of markings. Colored cap and back.
Ancona is like the ancona duck, asymmetrical and more spotty/ speckled.
Some say that ancona patterned calls are simply mismarked magpies but I disagree as you can breed them true to type.
Here are some examples:
Pied ducklings (too much black in the white spots to be magpie)
Top is blue pied, bottom is black ancona
Blue in back is magpie, black in front is ancona
Blue in back is mismarked magpie (cap isn't fully colored) and the rest are ancona
blue magpie but poorly marked as the cap isn't full and she has excess color under the wings.
I use these "mismarked" birds to help give me better type and marked ancona calls. That's what I am breeding towards is that pattern in black, blue and chocolate