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Basics of Keeping Waterfowl

  1. Welsh Harlequin Duck
  2. The Muscovy: Not Just Another Pretty Face
  3. So.. What About the Mallard?
  4. Calls: One Judge's Perspective Part 2
  5. One Judge's Perspective: Snowy Calls
  6. Standard Description for the Butterscotch Call
  7. Call Ducks: One Judge's Perspective
  8. Evaluating the Black East Indie in the Showroom
  9. A Brief History of the Call- from My Perspective
  10. New- Judging Black Ducks
  11. Book Review: British Waterfowl Standard
  12. Waterfowl and West Nile Virus- Updated
  13. New-What You Need to Know About Moulting in Waterfowl
  14. What Every 4Her Should Know About Getting Started in Waterfowl
  15. Judging Waterfowl in the U.K.
  16. Revised Waterfowl Housing Requirements
  17. The Chiloe Wigeon
  18. Calls and East Indies: What You Should Know Before You Buy
  19. Album of Exhibition Waterfowl
  20. Common Flaws in Popular Breeds of Exhibition Ducks
  21. Waterfowl Ailments and Treatments
  22. Raising Ducklings and Goslings Step-By-Step
  23. More Frequently Asked Questions About Keeping Waterfowl
  24. Book Review
  25. Frequently Asked Questions About Getting Started in Waterfowl
  26. Feeding Waterfowl
  27. The Importance of Oyster Shell and Grit for Waterfowl
  28. Conditioning Calls and East Indies for the Showroom

Standard Description for the Butterscotch Call

At the 2000 annual meeting of the American Bantam Association, the Butterscotch Calls were formally admitted to the Standard. The Standard description which appears here has been officially adopted. Because this description will not appear in the Standard until the next edition is printed, it is suggested that a copy be downloaded for reference. - Lou, 01/12/2001

Color- Male


Butterscotch Call male
This drawing of the ideal Butterscotch male shows correct head and neck coloration.

Head: Pastel blue

Eyes: Brown

Bill: Greenish yellow with black bean.

Neck: Pastel blue with a white collar completely encircling the neck.

Back: Claret laced with white at the shoulders; becoming darker blue of a shade similar to that of the head over the rump.

Tail: Creamy buff shaded with pale blue. Sex feather- pale blue.

Wings: Greater and lesser coverts- bluish buff. Primaries- Creamy buff. Secondaries- pale blue similar to the shade on the head with creamy buff at the tips forming a light bar. Tertials- claret tipped or frosted with creamy buff. Wing linings and axillars- creamy buff

Breast: Claret frosted with creamy white.

Body and stern: Underbody and abdomen- creamy white. Cream color gradually changing to claret at the breast. Flanks- rich claret with delicate frosting, cream frequently forming a narrow band on upper edge of covert just below the wing. Stern- pale blue of a shade similar to the head.

Legs and toes: Orange

Undercolor: White

Male in eclipse: Closely resembles the female in color.

Common color defects in male: Lack of cream frosting on breast; black rather than brownish overlay of color in wings; loss of color at throat and/or upper neck, pure yellow bill.


Color- Female


  Butter female
This portrayal of the ideal Butterscotch Call female displays the double eye streaks which are very important.

Head: Base color is creamy white with butterscotch crown and butterscotch eyestreaks forming a distinct contrast to the cream color.

Bill: Pale yellow shaded with a bluish brown saddle. Bean: often lighter in color than the rest of the bill.

Neck: Cream base color with a butterscotch band extending down back of neck from the crown to the base of the neck.


Breast: Upper breast lightly speckled with butterscotch on a cream base color. Cream lower breast color.

Body and stern: Back- Butterscotch edged with cream often showing a pale blue streak at the feather shaft. The markings frequently grow lighter and less distinct as they approach the stern. Flanks- cream with pale butterscotch speckles.

Tail: Cream shaded with butterscotch.

Wings: Greater and lesser coverts- pale blue becoming butterscotch, edged with cream. Primaries- Creamy butterscotch. Secondaries- Creamy butterscotch with cream band at the tips. Tertials- butterscotch. Speculum- bluish gray Wing linings and axillars- creamy buff.

Legs and feet: Orange

Undercolor: White

Female in eclipse: Darker in all sections with most markings less distinct.

Common color defects in the female: Indistinct eyestreaks; base color of back distinctly blue rather than butterscotch; base color of head and/or neck brown rather than cream; brown band on back of neck missing or indistinct.

Disqualification: Total lack of the characteristic eyestreaks in the female.

Originally published: 01-12-2001
Last updated: 03-05-2015