Waterfowl Commonly Seen in Practice

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Pekin Duck

Also known as the Long Island duck, the Pekin duck was first introduced to the United States from China in 1873. The Pekin is the most popular domestic duck in America. This commercially raised duck is used primarily for egg and meat production. Pekin ducks range in weight from 3.2-5.4 kg (7-12 lb). Males are heavier than females. Unlike most ducks, Pekin ducks are sexually monomorphic. All Pekin ducks possess white feathers with orange legs, feet and bill. Ducklings are yellow. FYI: “Peking duck” is a well-known duck food dish from Beijing that has been prepared since the Imperial Era, and is now considered one of China’s national foods. Image provided by Joe Roberts.

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