Call Duck: Decorative and Pet Breed

The Call duck was imported to Holland from Asia. Since the year 1800, this breed was used ornamentally, and the hunters used it as bait. This breed is descended directly from the wild duck, unlike the Call duck, which has a smaller body. This breed was unknown in the United Kingdom from the year 1900 until 1970. It began to gain popularity as it was one of the races leading to exhibitions.

The Call Duck is an ornamental breed of duck. Call ducks are smaller than other breeds, and they look like some other breeds such as the mallard or the wood duck. This breed was imported to Holland from Asia in 1800; since then it has been used for decorative purposes and as a pet. Call ducks were also used by hunters for bait because they had a small bodies and could be easily killed with one shot.

Call Duck

Characteristics of Call Duck

Due to their size and the few demands that must be taken into account to maintain this breed are easy to breed. However, breeding them in small places or that this close to other houses is a bit annoying because of the sounds so high they emit they reach Travel a great distance.

 Exist 17 varieties of call duck, found in different colors, among them are a mallard, black, blue, silver, wild apricot, magpie, bibbed, silver blue, silver apricot, dark mallard, Khaki, Chocolate, yellow and gray belly. They are animated and like to emit sounds. These breeds are very clean ducks. They do not need special care, so they are kept in perfect condition if you provide food and water.

The Call duck gets to produce between 50 to 150 eggs in the year. One of the bad things that have their eggs is that the ducklings when they are born it costs them to leave the shell. There are some females that are sterile, so they will never lay eggs in their lives. The male calls duck weight between 0.55 to 0.70kg and the female weight is between 0.45 to 0.6kg.


The Call duck usually feeds on wheat and other grains, as long as they are ground, this helps them digest the food provided, if they are outdoors they feed on worms, slugs and other insects found in the grass or in the grass. Also, they feed on different grains, oats, green leafy vegetables, lettuces, wheat germ, spinach, sunflower seeds and lots of freshwaters. According to duck diet will make their feathers and beaks are brighter colors.


Some people breed this species in an ornamental way, have peculiar characteristics, are small and flat. The hunters used them as bait. They were tied around the traps, and this bird vocally emitted a lot of noise so that the birds were attracted and they arrived at the trap to help the bird, but they were trapped. Although sometimes the sounds that Emitted were so strong, that instead of attracting the birds what it did was to drive them away. Several countries used this duck for hunting, among them are United States, Holland, and Great Britain.

Special Feature

The Call duck character is calm and calm. It is suitable to raise them, where there are children. They can be domesticated easily. The call duck knows how to fly very well so there are some breeders who cut off the primary feathers of a wing so they do not go away. They need to keep containers full of water so they can bathe regularly.

The Call duck must be protected during the night. This species is not resistant to the sudden changes of climates when they are young. They must be sheltered, and protected from heavy rains. If they are not secured or kept in a warm place, it can cause young ducks to die.

Duck Profile

Duck nameCall Duck
Other NameAny
Duck PurposeOrnamental and as decoy traps.
Feather colorApricot, Bibbed, Black, Fawn Blue, Dark Silver, Magpie, Mallard, Pied, Silver, and White.
Weight0.45 to 0.7 Kg
Climate ToleranceWarm climates
Egg ColorWhite
Egg SizeSmall
Egg ProductivityLow (50 to 150 eggs in the year).
Country of OriginAsia


The Call duck, which is descended from the wild ducks and not domesticated like other breeds such as Pekin or Rouen, was unknown in this country until 1970. It has been used ornamentally since 1800 but hunters also use it for bait. What do you think of these unusual features? Do you have any more questions about our blog post topic? Let us know!

As A Reference: Wikipedia

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