Origin, diffusion and economic characteristics
The Blekinge duck, known as Blekingeanka in Swedish, is a descendant of the ancient natural breed of Swedish duck. It was thought to be extinct until it was rediscovered in the Blekinge archipelago in southern Sweden. Today the breed is classified as one of the most endangered bird species in the world: only 200 specimens remain.
The Blekinge duck is considered one of the purest indigenous ducks and is mainly bred for meat. Only a few females lay eggs, 60 to 100 per year.
The color is similar to that of wild mallard ducks. They are usually reddish with white patches and a white neck, although entirely white specimens have been seen. The legs and beak are yellow-orange or orange.
- Male: 2.7-3.2 kg
- Female: 2.2-3.0 kg
Blekinge duck - Blekingeanka (Av Bengt Oberger - Eget arbete, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=61453553)
Blekinge duck - Blekingeanka (photo https://www.alternativ.nu/MGalleryItem.php?id=6826)