Black East Indian Duck
Facts about Black East Indian Ducks. The Black East Indian Duck has a beetle green sheen that is seen at certain angles due to light reflections. The color of the Black East Indian Duck is similar to that of Cayuga from America. In the American classification of ducks, the Black East Indian Duck which is known as the East Indies was documented in the American Standard of Perfection in the year 1874.
Behavioral Patterns of Black East Indian Duck
The Black East Indian Duck have a quiet composure and are generally shy. This makes them easy to mingle them with other non-aggressive birds. The Black East Indian Duck easily relate with others and establish strong communal bonds
The Black East Indian Duck is a breed of Bantam duck that originated from the United States. It is used in exhibitions due to its ornamental value. There is sexual dimorphism in the males and the females. The drakes weigh 32 ounces (.9 kg) while their female counterparts weigh between 25 to 28 ounces (.7 to .8 kg) Also, the drakes usually retain their black color while the females get white patches which increase as the Black East Indian Duck age.
Breeding of Black East Indian Duck
The Black East Indian Ducks are fair layers and tight sitters. They lay between 40 to 100 white eggs, an aspect that makes them prolific breeders. The Black East Indian Duck was selected in 1943 by a committee of professional artists who were tasked with the responsibility of choosing the most beautiful bird in a group of 5000 specimen of waterfowl and land varieties.
About the eggs of the Black East Indian Duck
A Duck egg has twice the nutritional value than a chicken egg and will stay fresh longer because of their thicker shell.
Black East Indian Duck eggs are richer with more Albumen "the white of an egg" making pastries and cakes richer and fluffier. A Black East Indian Duck Egg has more Omega 3 fatty acids than a chicken egg. Omega 3 is thought to improve skin health, memory and Brain health. Black East Indian Duck Eggs are an Alkaline producing food and a Chicken egg is an acid food and leaves your body more acid. Black East Indian Duck eggs are high in Cholesterol. Duck eggs have 6 times the Vitamin D and 2 times the Vitamin A than a chicken egg. Black East Indian Duck eggs have 2 times the cholesterol than a chicken egg.
Feeding of the Black East Indian Duck
Black East Indian Duck species feeds on a variety of food, among them live worms, grains and cereals among other artificial feeds. In addition, they are not as messy as other birds when feeding. The Black East Indian Duck are fairly organized and not as aggressive.
There is some slight confusion when discussing the East Indies because the first perception is that the Black East Indian Duck are from Southeast Asia. On the contrary, the Black East Indian Duck were found in the United States as early as the 19th century. The striking appearance of the Black East Indian Duck is what sets it apart from other species in the same breed such as the Miniature Crested, Miniature Silver Appleyard and Silver Bantam Duck. The Black East Indian Duck have a dark and lustrous green plumage coupled with black bills. Because of their small size, the Black East Indian Duck are usually good fliers compared to the other types of ducks.
"Scientific name for Black East Indian Duck Anas Platyrhynchos" meaning - Wild dabbling duck from which domestic ducks are descended; widely distributed. From New Latin "anas" meaning (Duck) and the word Platyrhynchos comes from "platyrrhine", Ancient Greek meaning (broad snouted, flat-bridged nose).
Black East Indian Ducks are birds in the Class of "Aves". Ducks of all types are part of the bird family "Anatidae". Black East Indian Ducks are also called "waterfowls" they are generally found in places were there is water, such as ponds, rivers, streams, lakes and occasionally your back yard pool.
A male adult Black East Indian Duck is called a (drake) and a adult female Black East Indian Duck is called a (hen). A young baby Black East Indian is called a (duckling). A group of ducks is called a brace, raft, team, flock, or paddling. The male Black East Indian Ducks (drakes) are the brightly colored ducks while the female (hen) are usually a plain colored brown for hiding purposes to be camouflaged from their enemies when they are sitting in their nests.
Features about the bill of the Black East Indian Duck
A "bill" is what is call a Black East Indian Ducks mouth. There are no teeth in the ducks bill, they have rows of thin bristles, which helps them to filter pieces of nutrition out of the water. Black East Indian Ducks swallow there food whole and it goes to an organ called a gizzard, were the food is first ground up and than moves on to the stomach. The different bill shapes and sizes for finding food, has over time mutated to fit each environment. The bill is flat and broad and has rows of fine incision along the outer edge called "lamellae". meaning a thin membrane, plate, scale or layer, as of cell wall or bone tissue. The larnellae helps the duck to clutch food for feeding.
Water-proof feathers of Black East Indian Duck
A special feature that the Black East Indian Duck has is its water-proof feathers, even when the Black East Indian Duck dives underwater, its downy under-layer of feathers will stay totally 100% dry. There is a special gland called the "Preen Gland" also called Oil Gland or Uropygial, that produces oil that is near the Black East Indian Ducks tail which covers and spreads the outer coat of the Black East Indian Ducks feathers, which makes the duck water-proof.
Underneath the water-proof coat are downy soft fluffy feathers which keep the Black East Indian Ducks body warm. Black East Indian Ducks keep clean by being able to turn their heads completely backwards, and put their beaks into their feathers by preening themselves.
A Black East Indian Duck is a Precocial (meaning) Born or hatched with the eyes open, a covering of hair or down, capable of a high degree of independent activity from birth and able to leave the nest just a few hours after hatching.
Black East Indian Ducks are related to swans and geese and the duck is the smallest of these birds with shorter wings and neck and a stocky body. Black East Indian Ducks on average, live 4 to 8 years and can live up to 12 years, depending on the breed.
Appearance about the Black East Indian Duck Feet
Black East Indian Ducks have webbed feet, that makes them act like paddles, designed for swimming. The Black East Indian Duck push their webbed paddle feet back in a kicking motion, this allows them to move swift through the water and when the feet come back, the Black East Indian Duck close for less water resistance. The Black East Indian Ducks paddle feet do not feel cold, even when it swims in cold icy water. The webbed feet makes a Black East Indian Duck waddle instead of walk. The Black East Indian Ducks feet have capillaries which help blood flow to their feet. The warm blood flow down the leg and creates a heat exchange system. When the blood flows down the leg, it meets the cold blood and is warmed up to keep the Black East Indian Ducks feet warm. Black East Indian Ducks feet are thin because they contain soft tissue and few muscles.
The male Black East Indian Duck will guard their nest by chasing away other ducks. Once the female lays 5 to 10 eggs, she will start to sit on her eggs to keep them warm so that they can hatch into baby ducklings. The Black East Indian Duck eggs will hatch on average within 26 to 28 days. Baby ducklings are able to fly within 5 to 8 weeks. Black East Indian Ducks will lay more eggs, when there is more daylight, that's why farmers will keep the lights on in the ducks house for longer periods of time.
Ducks fly in a “V” shape to makes flying easier.
Black East Indian Ducks see in color with very good vision and can see well underwater. Black East Indian Ducks have three eyelids the third eyelid called nictitating membrane. They have a top and bottom as well as a third eyelid that is found on the side of the eye. The Black East Indian Ducks eyelid blinking acts as a windshield wiper to clear the eye. This helps to see when diving under water can also help the eye from drying out while flying. This is an act of constantly cleaning and keeping the eye moist.