BLACK EAST INDIES DUCK

BLACK EAST INDIES DUCK

BLACK EAST INDIES DUCK

DIET: Omnivore

STATUS IN THE WILD: Least Concern

RANGE: United States

PHYSICAL FEATURES AND CHARACTERISTICS

Black East Indies ducks are known for their striking plumage. Their black feathers have a green, glossy shimmer on them. Their bills and legs are short and black. Females may have a few white tail feathers and develop patches of white elsewhere as they get older. The males weigh no more than six pounds, and females weigh no more than five pounds. They are excellent flyers, friendly, active, and are very popular due to their spectacular color.

LIFESTYLE AND REPRODUCTION

They are not considered good egg layers, so they are mostly kept as ornaments or pets. The first eggs of the laying season are normally black with the color fading to a light grey at the end of the season. Most East Indies ducks are kept as pairs or trios. Females will not sit and brood their eggs if humans touch them.

RANGE

Despite the name of the breed, they were not developed in Southeast Asia, but rather in the United States in the 19th century.

HABITAT

They prefer grasslands with scattered trees, marshes, freshwater, and swamps.

DIET

They are opportunistic feeders and will eat insects, larvae, aquatic invertebrates, seeds, acorns, aquatic vegetation, and grain.

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