Rouen Drake changing color after molt?!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by aaustin93, Aug 11, 2013.

  1. aaustin93

    aaustin93 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi everyone!

    Is it normal for a male Rouen to change from the typical male coloring (gray, white ring, green neck and beak) to female coloring after a molt at this time of year? He literally looks just like a female with brown feathers. I couldnt find anything about it when I googled it /:

    thanks,
    Ali
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    He is exhibiting Eclipse plumage, the summer plumage of a drake. Later this fall he will once again go through a molt and develop the Nuptial plumage of a breeding male. Yes, it is normal and is an annual occurrence.
     

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