From today on, we are going to run an English version of the official weblog of Kobe Kachoen.
On this commemorable issue, we focus on subtle but interesting features of Koru the Call Duck, that is kept at the Outer Pond.
Let's see where it is.....
.....Oops, there it comes by itself.
As you can see, Koru is a very friendly bird.
First, let's see what its tail is like.
You can realise easily that it's curled upward. It's a characteristic of male Call Duck. Female, on the other hand, lacks such curled feathers on its tail.
Next to see is its webbed foot. It's beautiful orange. Colour of feet, including their webs, differs between species. For example, Ringed Teal has pink feet, Mandarin Duck has brown ones.
A profile of Koru. Bill of Call Duck is somewhat shorter than that of Mallard Duck. Another impressive point is its wide nostrils. Ocasionally within a nostril you might find a piece of feather or down, and it flatters as the duck breathes. A staff member is planning to record it on a video clip. It'll be uploaded here when it's successful.
Call Cuck has similar colouration to Mallard Duck that we keep in the Courtyard Pond. The difference between them will be featured here some day.
When you visit Kobe Kachoen, please check out what its tail and feet are like. Careful observation of a bird and comparison with other birds result in small but fascinating discoveries, it is worth a try.
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