Dusky Call Ducks
The CDA/BWA Standard 2007 for the Dusky Mallard Call
MALLARD DUSKY MALE
Black with green lustre on the head and upper neck. Eyes: Dark brown. Bill: green, dark bean. No white collar.
Head and Neck :
Back: Dark grey-brown, shading to greenish black over the rump.
As flank feathers; no claret bib.
Flanks etc. Light grey, each feather finely stippled (pencilled, like the Dark Campbell) with dark grey.
Tail: Grey-brown, paler outer feathers; coverts and undertail greenish black.
Primaries grey-brown. Secondaries: (speculum) sooty grey with slight iridescence only, tipped with fine whitish-grey line. Tertials grey-brown. Minor coverts grey-brown; secondary coverts tipped with white then fine black line. Scapulars slightly darker than Mallard, brown edged. Under-wing coverts pearly grey-blue; axillars pale brown-grey.
Legs and webs dull orange.
|MALLARD DUSKY FEMALE
Brown, with darker graining. No eye stripes. Eyes: Dark brown. Bill: Dull grey-brown with dark bean and saddle.
Head and Neck :
Brown, with darker pencilling (chevrons).
Brown, with dark brown pencilling on each feather. Underbody similar.
Breast and flanks:
Tail: Dull dark buff, irregularly marked with brown; darker tail feathers in the centre than the outer edges.
Primaries, secondaries and tertials dull brown. Slight iridescence only on sooty grey secondaries, tipped with faint whitish-grey line. Minor coverts brown-grey; secondary coverts tipped with white forming a bar above the secondaries.
Under wing coverts and axillars as drake.
Dull orange with darker webs.