"Philip Veerman" <>
Mon, 23 Jul 2018 09:51:45 +1000
OK I'll have a go. Whilst I am not sure I would know what is intended by the
term or how to identify a Pekin duck as distinct from just a white farm-type
Mallard, I find from the internet: https://www.roysfarm.com/pekin-duck/
"Pekin duck is an old dual purpose duck breed. It was originated in China
and is now one of the most popular commercial duck breeds. It was bred from
the mallard in China. Pekin duck is also known by some other names, such as
the American Pekin duck or Long Island duck. Sometimes they are wrongly
written as Peking ducks. The breed was brought to the Western World in the
middle of 1800s. The Pekin duck is now the most admired commercial meat duck
breed in the United States. Their egg laying ability and fine meat quality
made them the first choice of the American duck farmers. Today the Pekin
duck is very popular and available throughout the world."
Therefore of course a Pekin Duck is a Mallard, thus nothing odd about a
Mallard (cross or happy) mating with it. Mallards are randy anyway.
On other internet searches it appear that Peking Duck is a recipe for
cooking ducks (most likely Mallards).
As for copulating or showing dominance behaviours, well in a case like this,
probably best to ask them (could be a combination or both).
From: Birding-Aus On Behalf Of
Sent: Monday, 23 July, 2018 6:10 AM
To: New birding-aus
Subject: Fwd: Ducks
Apologies, I accidentally discarded this email from the moderation queue
along with some spam. Replies to the list or to Debbie, please.
Sent from my iPad
Begin forwarded message:
> Odd behaviour in Caulfield Park lake last Friday. A mallard cross mounted
a pekin duck, then another mallard cross tried to join in. Several other
couplings like this happened. Most surprising, a foursome of pekin ducks.
Were they copulating or showing dominance behaviours, or something else?
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