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.
Despite the name of the breed, they were not developed in Southeast Asia, but rather in the United States in the 19th century.
They prefer grasslands with scattered trees, marshes, freshwater, and swamps.
They are opportunistic feeders and will eat insects, larvae, aquatic invertebrates, seeds, acorns, aquatic vegetation, and grain.