Sly Duck

Sly Duck

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Sly Duck refers to a picture of an indoutka, a bird native to the tropics of South America, caught looking at the camera. Due to the bird's expression which people on Twitter interpreted as mischievous or sassy, it grew into a popular reaction image on the platform in late April, 2017. As of April 27th, 2017, there is no definitive name for the meme.


The picture of the indoutka comes from Russian site[1] On Twitter, the image appears to have been posted first by @whomstami,[2] who posted the photo with the caption "Why does this bird look like she has the tea on EVERYBODY I'm crying," gaining over 1,800 retweets and 4,100 likes.

tiredt @whomstami Follow Why does this bird look like she has the tea on EVERYBODY I'm crying


A half hour after @whomstami's tweet, Twitter user @XLNB posted a series of tweets in a thread that would bring the picture its widest audience. His first,[3] captioned "When you grab the McDonald's and eat a little bit out of everybody's fries then take the one you didn't touch," gained over 28,000 retweets and 46,000 likes in two days (shown below). He would then write 9 more tweets with the bird as a reaction image, many of which were included in a Twitter Moment[4] on the 27th.

When you grab the McDonalds and eat a little bit out of everybody's fries then take the one you didn't touch

Various Examples

When your girlfriend just let you keep on lying cuz she already got the receipts on you guy: I'm 6'4", homeless, I don't have a car, I'm unemployed, and I've been arrested 6 times me: ....did you say..6'4"? When you open up the biology textbook & you see a picture of some t----- When you have finals to work on, but you spend your time drawing bird memes instead. When you hear ya sibling lie to ya Momma so you know you got some dirt on them now 'bruh i swear imma get you back next week i promise"

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Hate to be a buzzkill here, but the eye's clearly been photoshopped. I mean, I'm sure most anyone on the internet could tell you that it's been photoshopped, but I figure I'd sneak a bit of an ornithology lesson in here to explain why.

Here's what the eyes of an actual indoutka (also known as a Muscovy duck) look like:

Notice how the eye is almost completely just iris and pupil, with the distinct lack of a visible sclera (the white part of your eye). We humans have developed notably large sclera, which are less noticeable or prominent in some mammals like dogs and horses. See, most birds cannot move their eyes like we humans can, and instead have to quickly move their heads. The position of their eyes within their sockets is almost always static, or the range of movement within the socket is extremely limited. Therefore, it is biologically impossible for an actual duck to give you the smug look portrayed by this meme.


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