Waterfowl Commonly Seen in Practice

04-Khaki- Campbell

Khaki Campbell Duck

A Mrs. Adele Campbell of Gloucestershire, England developed the Khaki Campbell breed in the 1800’s. First recognized by the American Poultry Association in 1941, Campbell numbers increased dramatically in the United States in the 1970’s. Khaki Campbells are one of the world’s most prolific egg laying breeds producing an average 250-340 eggs per year. This streamlined, medium-sized bird weighs 1.8-2.0 kg (4-4.5 lb). Campbells have a modestly long head, bill, neck, and body, and a sprightly body carriage of 20 to 40 degrees above horizontal.

  • The Khaki drake (male) has a green bill, rich dark orange legs and feet, and dark brown eyes. Its head, upper neck, lower back, and tail coverts are bronze-brown. The rest of the drake’s plumage is a warm khaki color.
  • The Khaki duck (female) has a green bill, dark brown eyes, and brown legs and feet. Her head, upper neck, and lower back are seal-brown and the rest of the plumage is khaki.

The Campbell duck is a high-strung, active bird that needs plenty of space to graze and forage. Campbells are amazingly adaptable, performing well in environments ranging from desert to tropical rainforest to cold Northern regions. Photograph by Dobis Images


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