Popular as a pet, the domestic duck is descended from the green-headed mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos) and belongs to a large group of dabbling ducks that filter feed close to or on the water surface and also graze on grass shoots and seeds. Unlike the mallard, the Muscovy duck is in the tribe Anatini and has its origins in South and Central America. The two breeds are not closely related. The adult male can be distinguished from the female by its curled up tail.
The American Poultry Association (APA) has four classifications for ducks:
Did you know? Waterfowl are certain wildfowl of the order Anseriformes, especially members of the family Anatidae, which includes ducks, geese and swans. They are strong swimmers with medium to large bodies. They have historically been an important food source, and continue to be hunted as game, or raised as poultry for meat and eggs.
Appleyard Drakes have a yellow or green bill. The Drake has a chestnut red breast, flank, sides, and shoulders with white “frosting and lacing” and a “creamy or silvery white”... read more
The Aylesbury is very popular for its meat. It has white skin, a pink bill, blue eyes and orange legs. Feather were used for quilt fillings. The Aylesbury duck is... read more
The Campbell is an excellent egg layer with a blue-green (male) and greenish-black (female) bill in the khaki variety. White Campbells have blue eyes, whereas, khakis have dark brown eyes.... read more
The Cayjuga is classified as ‘medium’ under the American Poultry Association scheme. They have a black bill and are a hardy and quiet docile breed. The Cayuga are characterized by... read more
The Crested is classified as medium by the American Poultry Association. It displays some breeding problems with about 25% of embryos dying. The Crested is an ornamental breed. Classification Light... read more
The Khaki Campbell is a mixture of the Indian Runner, Mallard, and Rouen which has made it a very efficient egg producer averaging up to 300 eggs per year. Khaki... read more
Easily excitable the Indian Runner can however easily be trained. The bird is an exceptional egg layer (over 300 eggs a year) and can produce enough meat for up to... read more
The mallard is 56–65 centimetres long, has a wingspan of 81–98 centimetres , and weighs 0.9–1.2 kilograms. The breeding male is unmistakable, with a bright green head, black rear end... read more
The Muscovy have wart-like ‘caruncles’ on their face that develop with age especially in the males. Sharp toe nails on their web feet as they are perching ducks. The duck... read more
The Orpington originates from Great Britain and is a good dual purpose bird. Classification Light Appearance Buff (most popular), blond, brown Weight Drake 2.2 – 3.4 Kg Duck 2.2 –... read more
Pekin Ducks are raised for their meat and is also the most popular commercial breed. These ducks are fast growers and efficient layers. The Pekin is particularly popular in China.... read more
The bill of the drake is yellowish green and orange in the duck. The Rouen produces a high-quality meat and are good foragers. The Rouen resembles a Mallard: they have... read more
The Saxony as the name implies originates from Germany. It has a yellow bill and orange legs and is a dual purpose good layer and sitter. Classification Heavy Appearance The... read more
The bill of drake is yellowish green and that of the duck greenish black. Legs and feet are orange and dark brown respectively. Slightly upright and not unlike khaki Campbells.... read more
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