Indian Runner Duck

Anas platyrhynchos domesticus

Species Information

Come see these slim, tall, upright ducks on the pond!

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Although the name suggests that this domestic breed of duck originates from India, they actually originated from Indonesia. As they are a domestic breed, there is no ‘natural’ habitat, but instead are usually kept in areas near still, fresh water.

The unusual upright posture and long neck of runner ducks has led to this breed being given many different names, including a ‘penguin duck’ or ‘bowling pin duck’. The morphology of this breed also means they are unable to fly and so run everywhere. Despite their unique physique, they are still good swimmers and are still able to keep buoyant due to air sacs in their body and trapped air between their feathers.

These ducks are adept foragers for insects, slugs, and other small critters. They also feed upon grasses, greens, and small crustaceans and fish.

About 10 years.

Runner ducks get their name because their upright posture and leg position allows them to run rather than waddle, unlike other ducks.

Indian runner ducks lay their eggs freely and randomly around paddocks, laying up to 350 eggs a year! They rarely incubate their own eggs, but when they are incubated, ducklings hatch after 28 days.


Like many other domestic ducks, Indian runner ducks descended from the wild mallard duck!