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Wattle (anatomy)

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Wattle (anatomy)

A rooster's wattles hang from the throat

A wattle is a fleshy sexual dimorphism. In some birds, caruncles are erectile tissue and may or may not have a feather covering.[1][2]

Wattles are often such a striking morphological characteristic of animals that it features in their common name. For example, the southern and northern cassowary are known as the double-wattled and single-wattled cassowary respectively, and there is a breed of domestic pig known as the red wattle.


  • Birds 1
    • Function 1.1
    • Examples 1.2
  • Mammals 2
  • Gallery 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5



In birds, wattles are often an ornament for courting genes coding for disease resistance.[3]


Birds with wattles include:


Mammals with wattles include:


See also


  1. ^ John James Audubon, Dean Amadon, John L Bull. 1967 The Birds of America
  2. ^ Richard Bowdler Sharpe. 1888. Catalogue of the Birds in the British Museum, British Natural History Museum, Department of Zoology
  3. ^ "Are large wattles related to particular MHC genotypes in the male pheasant?" Mariella Baratti, Martina Ammannati, Claudia Magnelli, Alessandro Massolo and Francesco Dessì-Fulgheri
  4. ^ Hogan, C. Michael "Wild Turkey: Meleagris gallopavo",, ed. N. Stromberg 2008
  5. ^ John White. 1790. Voyage to New South Wales
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