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The First Call Duck Standard from 1865

CALL DUCKS
Shape—The entire form very short ; round and compact, with very full round high forehead, and short broad bill. 

Size—The smaller the better. 

Color—In the grey variety,—bill, legs, and plumage the same as in the Rouen. 

” —In the white variety,—bill bright, clear, unspotted yellow.

Plumage—Pure white.

Legs—Bright orange.


Points in Call Ducks 

Smallness of size                                      5 
Bill and stop of the forehead                     2 
symmetry and compactness of shape        3 
Color of plumage                                    3 
Condition                                                2 
Total                                                     15 


Disqualifications in Grey Call Ducks 
White ring on the neck of the duck ; white flight feathers in either sex. 
Disqualifications in White Call Ducks 
Colored feathers in any part of the plumage; bills of any color except yellow. 

These Standards were published hurriedly by the first Poultry Club in 1865. The present Poultry Club was formed soon afterwards and attempted to produce a more authoritative and comprehensive edition of the Poultry Standards (in two volumes) in 1886. Volume II, containing the waterfowl, was not completed for publication. 

Call Ducks from Lewis Wright, 1874. 


The editions that followed (from 1901 to 1954) largely ignored the Call Duck, relegating it to the ‘ornamental’ section alongside the mandarin and Carolina ducks. It was not until 1982 that the ‘Decoy’, as it was known, was fully standardized in White, Brown [Mallard], Pied, Blue-fawn and Silver colour variants.

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