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james boyd    Posted 08-05-2003 at 15:19:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am a sad lawyer writing a childrens book for my son which happens to have the main character as a duck who cannot fly. The duck runs everywhere to discover that he is very fast and that he can outrun most small animals(feathers,goggles,personality etc). I have only recently discovered that the "indian" running duck exists but feel it only polite to ascertain the exact characteristics of the species before completing the book and to perhaps promote in some way the running duck as a bit of a hero in the duck world (in childrens minds at least).Can any of you help? Would be most appreciated.


janet comrie    Posted 05-08-2004 at 16:28:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have witnessed and marvelled at the activities of the indian running duck having only yesterday participated in the sport of "herding" indian running ducks assisted by a sheep dog. Between us we herded the dusks through a tunnel, between gates and down a slide into a paddling pool, and then re assembling them back into the pen. The sheepdog, Maggie, was definately the most in control, and we completed our mission ( part of a corporate hospitality day) entirely thanks to her understanding of the indian running ducks preference for keeping close to the ground and close to each other! Unfortunatley I was laughing so much I forgot to switch the video on, but I'm sure they would love to demonstrate thir running skills to assist with your book. I can let you have the events team contact details if this would help.    Posted 08-06-2003 at 04:56:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Try that...


Ivey    Posted 08-05-2003 at 18:09:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
For pictures, etc., go to, click images, enter "runner ducks" with the parentheses.

Cindi    Posted 08-05-2003 at 15:31:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm not familiar with the breed but assuming ducks are fairly similar in behavior, our male ducks are very proud, very curious, and when they run, they stick their heads straight out in front of them with their necks parallel to the ground. It's funny as heck to watch. I tried a search on indian running ducks and came up with a few mentions but no pics or anything.

here's some info    Posted 08-05-2003 at 15:36:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
The Indian Runner
This breed originated in Asia and is characterised by its upright stance and its round, elongated body. The Indian Runner is an alert bird with a small head and bold eyes. The bill is wedge-shaped, strong and deep at the base. Plumage colour ranges from pure white to black. They are excellent layers with individuals laying in excess of 200 eggs per year.

Here's a pic    Posted 08-05-2003 at 15:54:29       [Reply]  [No Email]


Jim in Tampa    Posted 03-09-2007 at 13:26:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I recenly got three Indian Running Ducks for my lake behind my house. I got them at 2 weeks old and they grow fast. They are now 7 weeks old and shedding their fuss coat.
Look at this site which is very good on information you are looking for, I believe.

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