Sex Determination of Duck Embryos: Observations on Syrinx Development

  title={Sex Determination of Duck Embryos: Observations on Syrinx Development},
  author={Robert E. Wilson and Sarah A. Sonsthagen and J. Christian Franson},
  journal={Avian Biology Research},
  pages={243 - 246}
Ducks exhibit sexual dimorphism in vocal anatomy. Asymmetrical ossification of the syrinx (bulla syringealis) is discernable at about 10 days of age in male Pekin duck (Anas platyrhynchos domestica) embryos, but information is lacking on the early development of the bulla in wild ducks. To evaluate the reliability of this characteristic for sexing developing embryos, we examined the syrinx of dead embryos and compared results with molecular sexing techniques in high arctic nesting Common Eiders… 
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