Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Indian Runner Duck

(Anas platyrhynchos domesticus)

Habitat and Distribution: Indian runner ducks originated in Indonesia but have been domesticated for thousands of years and are now found throughout North America, the United Kingdom, and Australia.

Size: 24-32 inches long; 3-5 pounds

Wild Diet: Snails, slugs, worms, insects, larvae, weed seeds, and small reptiles

Predators: Cats, dogs, raccoons, opossums, skunks, weasels, martens, eagles, hawks, crows, ravens, turtles, snakes, and fish

Lifespan: 8-10 years

Reproduction: Indian runner ducks are prolific and fertile egg layers, but are not inclined to build nests or to brood (incubate their eggs). Hens lay up 200 eggs each year; ducklings hatch within about 28 days.

Behavior: Indian runner ducks are agile and flightless, standing upright to run. Their wings are too short to allow flight. They use their webbed feet to maneuver easily through water. They have a strong herding instinct.

Conservation

IUCN Status: Least Concern

Indian runner ducks have a large range and face no major threats.

Did you know?

  • Indian runner ducks have been nick-named "bowling pin ducks" because of their shape.
  • Indian runner ducks ingest pebbles to help them digest food.
  • Males are called "drakes" and females are called "hens."