Bill, legs, and naked skin surrounding the eyes, red: plumage various.
Entire length twenty-four inches six lines.
Crown-feathers slightly elongated, forming a kind of tuft capable of being erected: colours of the plumage extremely variable in the domesticated state; often wholly white, the tuft on the crown excepted, which is black; or slate-gray, with more or less white on the under parts: tail of twenty feathers; the outer one on each side always white: bill, a fleshy protuberance at its base, and a naked papillose skin surrounding the eyes, red: legs short and thick; red, or reddish yellow. In the female, the naked papillose skin is of a paler hue, and does not cover so large a part of the face: she is also smaller than the male. (Egg). Yellowish white: long. diam. two inches six lines; trans, diam. one inch nine lines.
Common in a domesticated state, throughout Europe, but not indigenous. Native country said to be America, where they are still found wild. A prolific species, laying often, and producing from eight to twelve in a brood. Nest occasionally placed in the holes of trees. Has a musky smell arising from the gland on the rump. Obs. The Anas bicolor of Donovan* is a hybrid between this species and the common Domestic Duck, which not unfrequently breed together.