Buff Orpington Duck - Anas platyrhynchos domesticus, click for a larger image
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Buff Orpington Duck - Anas platyrhynchos domesticus, click for a larger image
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Buff Orpington Duck - Anas platyrhynchos domesticus
Family - Anatidae

The Orpingdon is a domestic duck breed crated in the late 1800's as a dual use bird for eggs and meat.  They weigh from 2.1-3.5Kg (4.6-7.7lb) with an overall light brown colouration in cluding the bill, our dusck have a darker bill and so may not be true Orpingdons.  The breed was was bred by William Cook of Orpington, Kent during a time when the vogue was for buff-coloured poultry, it was first shown in England in 1907.   It is an unstable breed with three colour variations due to a blue dilution gene giving rise to Buff, Blond and Brown variants, with any or all three arising from a clutch.  The Buff Orpington is a popular recognised exhibition breed.  At one time there was also a Blue Orpingdon which is now considered extinct, it was an overall dark blue.

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