Duck Breed Focus - Australian Spotted Duck

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by sumi, Feb 13, 2016.

  1. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Contrary to what their name implies, the Australian Spotted duck breed is one of the few domesticated duck breeds that originated in the USA. In the 1920's John C. Kriner and Stanley Mason of Pennsylvania developed this breed by allowing Call ducks, Mallards, Pintails and various Australian wild ducks to crossbreed for several years before selecting the desired specimens from the results. One Henry K. Miller later started his own strain in the 1940's. In 1990, the Australian Spotted finally became more readily available to the public but, despite this, its overall numbers are low.

    The Australian Spotted duck comes in three varieties, Greenhead, Bluehead, or Silverhead. Depending on the variety, the drake's head is green (Greenhead), blue (Bluehead), or silver (Silverhead). A white band encircles the neck, the sides of the body and breast are deep burgundy, and the center of the breast extending under the body white. The middle of the shoulders and back are dark gray, wings a dark grayish-brown, tail light gray, and the tail undercushion black. The bill should be greenish-yellow, the eyes brown and the shanks and feet orange. The Greenhead Australian Spotted duck's body, head, and neck are a fawn color, spotted with dark brown. The Bluehead and Silverhead's colorations are the same as the Greenhead, except the Bluehead's flecking and spots are bluish-gray, where the Silverhead's flecking and spots are silver (Holderread, 1991)

    The first exhibit of the Australian Spotted began in 1928.


    Purpose: Ornamental; Exhibition
    Weight: 2-2.2 lbs
    Egg size: Small-Medium
    Egg Colour: Cream, Blue, Green

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    Pic by @Jennifer D

    Pic by @SparrowHawkFarm

    BYC Breed Discussions:

    Do you own Australian Spotted ducks? Are you an Australian Spotted breeder? If so, please reply to this thread with the your thoughts and experiences, including:

    · What made you decide to get this breed?
    · Do you own them for fun? Breeding? Some other purpose?
    · What are your favorite characteristics about this breed?
    · Post some pics of your birds; male/female, chicks, eggs, etc!
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  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    Aren't they gorgeous little ducks I never knew they were USA though the name really throws you off.
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  3. NathanZee

    NathanZee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Wow, I didn't know they had pintail and other ducks in them!
  4. puffypoo22

    puffypoo22 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 3, 2015
    awww! I want ducks now!
  5. NathanZee

    NathanZee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes, get ducks! If you like these ducks, you would love Call ducks and welsh harlequins, along with every other breed!
  6. RandomePerson

    RandomePerson Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 3, 2016
    Virginia, USA
    Get ducks they are never aggressive, their egg has a bigger yolk and some breeds eat bugs like they have never eaten in their life time. My muscovies snatch bugs out of the air. I have turkeys, ducks and chickens but ducks are my personal favorite
  7. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    Thanks! I did not hear about Australian Spotteds till after we got the Runners. No regrets, but if we ever get a bigger place . . . .[​IMG]
  8. silly4buttons

    silly4buttons Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2013
    Billerica Ma
    I love them. So cute. You should get ducks they are really fun to have around. I just love mine to pieces
  9. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    @RandomePerson Welcome to BYC!!
  10. AimToMisbehave

    AimToMisbehave Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 13, 2015
    Snohomish, WA
    So pretty!!! Pictures please!!!

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