Pekin Duck


Anas platyrhynchos

Pekin duck, or Long Island duck or Anas peking, is a breed of domesticated duck used primarily for egg and meat production. It was bred from the Mallard in China.

Interesting Information

  • It is widely believed that Donald Duck is modeled after a Pekin duck.

  • The mascot of the insurance company Aflac is a Pekin duck.

  • Because of their huge body and skinny legs, they are prone to leg injuries.

  • They are unable to fly


Adult Description

  • Plumage: white; and a creamy white.

  • Orange shanks and toes.

  • Bill rich yellow in color.

  • Length Range: 64-89 cm (25-35 in)

  • Weight: 2902 g (102.4 oz)

  • Size: 4. Large (16 - 32 in)

  • Color Primary: White

  • Underparts: White

  • Upperparts: White

  • Back Pattern: Solid

  • Belly Pattern: Solid

  • Breast Pattern: Solid

Sex Differences

Sexes Similar



Prefers forests near water where it roosts in trees at night and nests in tree cavities.


Feeds on vegetation by dabbling in ponds, lakes and, rivers.


Eats insects and seeds found in grain fields.



Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
     Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Aves
Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
    Subfamily: Anserinae
Genus: Anas
Species: Anas platyrhynchos
    Subspecies: Anas platyrhynchos domestica

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Handfeeding a Pekin Duck #1

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Handfeeding a Pekin Duck #2