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post #1 of 5
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Dear People,

Can anyone tell me what you think the following duck behavior is? My ducks sometimes move their heads up and down, with their beaks held perfectly level. It is a bobbing motion without any beak tilting at all! I have tried to make a note of what else is happening at the time, but as yet, have not succeeded.

If anyone can postulate what this interesting movement means, I would sure like to hear it! 

Thanks.

post #2 of 5

its kind of  a warning/alerting to let the others know that something is there. Mallards usually do this before flying away. 


Edited by buff goose guy - 3/18/16 at 7:03am
A breeder of mallards(grey and black), Call ducks (2015 FINALLY!!!), (I also have a seabright and a bantam cochin)
I do not support the 4-h system
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A breeder of mallards(grey and black), Call ducks (2015 FINALLY!!!), (I also have a seabright and a bantam cochin)
I do not support the 4-h system
Jesus is the king rejoice!
NPIP certified
Reply
post #3 of 5
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Originally Posted by buff goose guy View Post
 

its kind of  a warning/alerting to let the others know that something is there. Mallards usually do this before flying away. 

 

Huh? It sounds like mating behavior to me...

post #4 of 5

ok well are there necks elongated when they do this or are the doing it towards each other ?

apparently  ive just seen something different or didnt read that right my bad, sorry. 


Edited by buff goose guy - 3/18/16 at 11:59am
A breeder of mallards(grey and black), Call ducks (2015 FINALLY!!!), (I also have a seabright and a bantam cochin)
I do not support the 4-h system
Jesus is the king rejoice!
NPIP certified
Reply
A breeder of mallards(grey and black), Call ducks (2015 FINALLY!!!), (I also have a seabright and a bantam cochin)
I do not support the 4-h system
Jesus is the king rejoice!
NPIP certified
Reply
post #5 of 5
It's defiantly a mating behavior. My ducks always do this before they mate.
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