Indian Runner Ducks Video Clip

Will and Guy have tracked down a flock of
ducks in India.  See how they waddle down the road and play 'follow my
leader'.  They look like the Mallard duck that is common in England, Europe
and North America, however they are almost certainly Indian Runner ducks.

1) The
Flock of Indian Runner Ducks

Indian Runner Duck Video

These Indian Runner ducks have a distinctive upright stance, which allows them
to run extremely fast. They are one of the best foragers of all the domestic
ducks. Often used to train sheepdogs because of their speed and herding
instinct, they appeared in the film 'Babe'.

2) The flock seems to develop a group personality

Ducks in India

They come in many colours, and are often nicknamed the 'Penguin' duck. The
Indian Runner duck is a favourite among poultry lovers. They are native to the
Indian sub-continent and Malaysia. The breed was probably first brought to
Europe, to Cumbria, UK, by a sea captain in the middle of the 19th century.

3) The flock of ducks crosses the road into the field

Indian Runner Ducks

3) Incredibly, there are two flock of ducks

Ducks in India

All those ducks controlled by one girl. The picture shows her herding them as you
would herd cattle in England.

The Indian Runner ducks are reputed to be quiet birds, although the sound on
the video appears to dispute this claim. The video shows these Indian Runners at
their best and is quite humorous.

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Indian Runner Ducks Video

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Close up of the Indian Runner Duck

Close-up of Indian Runner duck

It is an extraordinary and rather amusing looking duck; their feet are further
back than those of normal ducks which means they tend have an erect attitude
because of their centre of gravity being over the feet. This enables the Indian
runner duck to
move very fast. They are excellent egg layers producing some 350 eggs in a year.

Funny Duck Story

Alan is driving a pick-up truck along the road with a flock of ducks in the
back. He is stopped by a zealous police officer who informs Alan that he is
speeding and then asks him where he's going with all the ducks. Alan replies
that he is not sure what to do with them. The policeman tells him helpfully,
'Look, Marwell Zoo is not far from here and that's a good place as any to take
them.' Alan thanks the police officer and drives off with his ducks.

The next day the officer again sees the same pick-up truck hurtling down the
road. This time, though, all the ducks in the back are wearing sunglasses. The
officer pulls Alan over again and growls, 'I thought I told you to take those
ducks to the zoo.'

'I did,' responded Alan happily, 'but now they want to go to Southsea beach.'

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