Blue Swedish Duck


Germanata Svedese

It is a medium sized duck that weighs between 6.5 and 8 pounds; males usually weigh more then females. As early as 1835, the blue Swedish duck was being raised by farmers in Pomerania, which back then was part of Sweden, thus the name.

Interesting Information

  • A blue duck of unstable coloring

  • There is no such thing as a Black Swedish it is the occasional result of any unstable blue-blue mating as is 'Splashed" it is not shown or bred from but a good pet duck.

  • The color of Blue Swedish ducks is due to heterozygosity in a color gene.

  • If a Blue Swedish duck and drake breed, the young are the usual 25% / 50% / 25% ratio in:-

    • 25%: A homozygous form, black where the blue should be.

    • 50%: As the parents.

    • 25%: The other homozygous form, splashed or silver with combinations of blue and black and white.

  • Aged female bleached back to white above


Adult Description

Length Range: 86 cm (33 in)

Weight: 3175 g (112 oz) 

Size: 4. Large (16 - 32 in)

Color Primary: Slate Blue.

Underparts: Slate Blue.

Upperparts: Slate Blue.

Back Pattern: Solid

Belly Pattern: Solid

Breast Pattern: Unbroken, inverted heart shaped white bib from lower neck to upper breast Full and round



Found in all wetland habitats.


Dabbles, filter-feeds at surface of water, tips-up in shallow water, and makes occasional dives in deeper water.


Insects and larvae, aquatic invertebrates, seeds, acorns, aquatic vegetation, grain.



Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
     Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Aves
Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
    Subfamily: Anserinae
Genus: Germanata
Species: Germanata Svedese

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