or Hook Bill

A Hookbill drake from the UK
Photo courtesy of Rupert Stephenson

This Dutch light breed duck is a seasonal layer and is mainly kept for exhibition. Its eggs are blue. The bird shown above is a Dark Mallard, and this breed adds to that coloration a white bib and two white primaries. It also appears in White. They weigh 5 1/2 to 6 1/2 pounds (2.3 to 2.8 kilos).

Its most outstanding characteristic is the strongly curved bill, which should continue the line of a semicircle started on the back of the skull.

Hookbills have been traced back to the 1600s. They were traditionally raised along the many canals in Holland.

Hookbill Links:

The Domestic Waterfowl Club on Hookbills

A White Hook Bill
Photo courtesy of Chris & Mike Ashton and Fancy Fowl Magazine

Dusky Hookbills
Photos courtesy of Kenny Coogan

A Hook Bill drake and his head
Photos courtesy of Erika Decker

Two Hook Bill ducks and one of their heads
Photos courtesy of Erika Decker

The head of a Hookbill female
Photo courtesy of Rupert Stephenson

A Kromsnaveleend
Photo courtesy of Bart Poulmans

More Hookbills: Dark females, a mixed flock, and a White
Photos courtesy of Autumn House Farm

Hookbill ducklings
Photos courtesy of Sweetfolly Flowers & Feathers



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