KHAKI CAMPBELL DUCK (Anas platyrhynchos domesticus)

Flowing on from the previous post of last Wednesday’s walk around the pond at Edgewater/Maribyrnong Wetlands, I thought to share a few more images of the pair of Khaki Campbell ducks that live in the area.

I have to be honest and say I’d never heard of these domestic ducks and it took me a while to put name to bird when I first saw them in January, 2017.  They have that heavy dabbling beak like our Northern, or Australasian, Shoveler.

They come in 3 colour varieties: khaki, dark and white.  They are a cross between Mallard, Rouen and Runner ducks.  The male (drake) Khaki Campbell is mostly khaki coloured with a darker head usually olive green.

They’re supposed to be gentle, passive and a very friendly breed when raised by hand and since spotting them, I often wonder where the local pair came from – pets, country farm or the wild (descended from some ducks bought out by some English migrants to the area in the 20th century.

After all they come from Gloucestershire in England.