Could Frances be a Francis?

Tia Z.

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My "female" mallard, Frances looks like a female but she's now about 3 months old and is still not quacking. Her "quacks" are still raspy and she's past the peeping stage. Could it be that's she's a he and I should change her name to Francis? If she were a male when would her head turn green?

Silly Frances
 

Sweetfolly

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Apr 17, 2009
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If "she's" three months old, raspy, and you haven't heard a single quack, then "she's" a he. Change that name to Francis.


Yep - he'll molt into nuptial plumage and get the green head eventually. Then, he'll molt back into "eclipse" and look like a girl for a few months every summer.
 

Tia Z.

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Jun 23, 2009
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Oh wow, good to know! Ducks are so much more complicated than chickens!
 

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