Why is my Mallards head not bright green?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by FalloutForMe, Dec 14, 2014.

  1. FalloutForMe

    FalloutForMe In the Brooder

    May 28, 2014
    Alright I have a male mallard named Puddles. His head was entirely green, but it was never really bright like every other male mallard I've seen. It's now only a tinted green color. Is something wrong? Also, why is he so loud, I thought males were supposed to be quiet? He does have curled tail feathers and male feathers. He's a year and a half old by the way. I'll insert a couple images so you can see the most green his head has been. As I've said, it has since become more muted. [​IMG]
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    There are a few ducks out there who don't fit the mold perfectly - it's hormones. Such a cutie!

    My girl Vier, when we introduced a drake, got a curly tail.
  3. EggsnQuackers

    EggsnQuackers In the Brooder

    Dec 12, 2012
    NW Minnesota
    There's nothing wrong. The green feathers on a male's head will change with the seasons. Expect it to be vibrant green going into breeding season and then it can fade to almost completely white.
    Do you have any other ducks or is Puddles your only one? He might be loud because he is lonely. And, drakes are only quiet compared to females...I'd argue they're not so muct "quieter" as just a little more hoarse sounding we've had some pretty vocal boys in the past.
  4. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Crowing

    Aug 4, 2010
    San Diego
    Like Amiga said, hormones play a role in some of what you mentioned. Some males might not get the bright green head until their second or third year.
  5. buff goose guy

    buff goose guy Songster

    Feb 9, 2014
    Mississippi Y'all
    he might just need to go through another molt to get that lush green ,also wild mallard have more hormons and glans that will make that color, mainly because of there diet and wild mallard mature alot faster than those raised by humans.

    For instance the female mallards that will come and pair with some of my boys, they keep their own eggs because i cant get to the eggs if theyre hidden. so those babies grow twice as fast as the ones I raise.

    As for the loudness does he have a mate, he might be calling for one when he gets loud.

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