STATUS IN THE WILD: Least Concern
RANGE: Originated in Asia, now worldwide
PHYSICAL FEATURES AND CHARACTERISTICS
Pekin ducks were originally bred from mallard ducks in China. Their primary purpose was for meat. Ancient Chinese were very skilled in duck breeding, which led to this species’ large size. They can get close to ten pounds in weight. Pekin ducks first made it to America in the 1870’s.
LIFESTYLE AND REPRODUCTION
They have a lifespan of up to twelve years. They are bright yellow when they are born. You can tell the sex of the Pekin by whether or not there is a curl in its tail. The males have a curled feather and the females do not.
Although they originated in China, they can be found on several continents due to their use as meat.
HABITAT & DIET
They are found near bodies of water where they will feed on vegetation both in the water and along the shore.