Anas platyrhynchos domesticus

Description

Indian Runners are a relatively small breed of duck, they do not waddle but rather the position of their legs gives them a characteristic running motion.

Another characteristic of the Indian Runner Duck is its shape, which is like a wine bottle. They also have long, snake-like necks.

When wandering around they walk flat but stand upright when disturbed. This light weight duck is bred in many colours to include: white, black, blue, chocolate, fawn plus many more.

Distribution

The Indian Runner Ducks are domesticated waterfowl that live in the archipelago of the 'East Indies'.

Lifespan

The life expectancy of an Indian Runner is 8 - 12 years.

Size

The Indian Runner weighs between 1.3 - 2.2 kilograms and has an average height of 65 centimetres.

Diet

Indian Runners are the most active scavengers of all breeds. They eat insects, snails, slugs and weeds.

Habitat

Indian Runner Ducks are often found near waters including rivers, lakes, ponds and farm dams.

Breeding

Indian Runner Ducks breed all year round and are known for their excellent egg laying production. Females can lay up to 365 eggs per year. The eggs weigh about 70 grams each and are about the size of a large hen's egg. The eggs vary in colour, they can be off-white, blue, or light green.