Buff Orpington Duck

The Buff Orpington Duck is a breed of Domestic duck it is a dual-propose breed used for meat and egg production.  Originally created by William Cook of Orpington, Kent,UK, from the selection of mis-marked Blue Orpington Ducks. The Buff Orpington Duck was introduced to the public at the Dairy Show, the Agricultural Hall(q.v.), Islington, London in October 1897. It is considered a threatened breed by the ALBC. This breed was admitted to the American Poultry Associations Standard of Perfection as the 'Buff Duck' in the Medium class in 1914.

Cool Facts

  • The Buff Orpington Duck is capable of laying up to 220 eggs a year.


  • Medium-weight duck of 7 to 8 lbs.
  • The Buff duck's body carriage is twenty degrees above horizontal
  • Wings are short
  • Small, well-curled tail.
  • Plumage: buff plumage
  • Feet: orange-yellow
  • Shank: orange-yellow
  • Eyes: brown
Sex Differences
Sexes look alike; males slightly larger.

The drake's bill is yellow


The female's bill is brown-orange.

Range Map
Taxonomic Hierarchy


2003 Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
     Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Aves
Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
     Subfamily: Anatinae
Genus: Anas
Species: Anas platyrhynchos
   Subspecies Anas platyrhynchos domestica
Identification and Information
See Anatomy of a Bird
  • Length Range: 58 cm (23 in)
  • Weight: 1088 g (38.4 oz)
  • Size: 4. Large (16 - 32 in)
  • Color Primary: Buff
  • Underparts: Buff
  • Upperparts: Buff
  • Back Pattern: Solid
  • Belly Pattern: Solid
  • Breast Pattern: Solid
  • Bill Shape: Spatulate
  • Eye Color: Brown.
  • Head Pattern: Plain, Unique pattern
  • Crown Color: Buff, brown
  • Forehead Color: Buff, brown
  • Nape Color: Buff, brown
  • Throat Color: Buff, brown
  • Cere color: No Data
  • Flight Pattern: Swift direct flight with strong wing beats.
  • Wingspan Range: 76-102 cm (30-40 in)
  • Wing Shape: Tapered-Wings
  • Tail Shape: Fan-shaped Tail
  • Tail Pattern: Solid
  • Upper Tail: Buff with two curled brown tail feathers.
  • Under Tail: Buff
  • Leg Color: Orange
  • Breeding Location: Grassland with scattered trees, Marshes, freshwater, Swamps
  • Breeding Type: Monogamous, Solitary nester
  • Breeding Population: Fairly common to common
  • Egg Color: White or gray buff
  • Number of Eggs: 5 - 14
  • Incubation Days: 25 - 30
  • Egg Incubator: Female
  • Nest Material: Shallow nest of plant material gathered at the site..
  • Migration: Migratory
  • Condition at Hatching: Covered in down.
    Chicks leave nest at 13-16 hours after hatching, independent at 52-70 days.

Other Names

Similar Species


Conservation Status

Populations may be declining.


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Found in all wetland habitats.
Insects and larvae, aquatic invertebrates, seeds, acorns, aquatic vegetation, grain.
Dabbles, filter-feeds at surface of water, tips-up in shallow water, and makes occasional dives in deeper water.

Adult Male & Female

Additional Photos & Video

Adult Sexes Similar

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Male Buff Orpington Duck
Female Buff Orpington Duck

All photos 2008 Rick Swartzentrover - Free for non-profit use.

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