Indian Runner Duck

Latin name Anas platyrhynchos domesticus
Class Birds
Order Anseriformes
Family Anatidae
IUCN Status Domesticated
Habitat Domestic
Distribution Worldwide

General Information

This unusual breed of domestic duck stands upright and cannot fly. Their plumage comes in variety of colours and they are thought to originate in the East Indies. Beatrix Potter’s character Jemima Puddle-Duck is believed to be based on an Indian runner duck. They make unusual pets but are also kept for their meat and eggs. Ducks are omnivores eating worms, slugs and insects as well as duck pellets.

Lifespan: 8 – 10 years

Fun Fact

Only female ducks quack! Males just make a hoarse sound!

Keeper Notes

Our Indian runner ducks do not like snow and ice! If their pond freezes in winter they refuse to go anywhere near and hate walking on snow.