Black East Indies

Brian Decker's nice young drake
Photo courtesy of Brian Decker

A picture cannot express the beauty of a Black East Indies duck in the sunlight. The iridescence of its beetle green-black plumage is unequaled by any other domestic fowl (with the possible exception of the large Cayuga ducks). This bantam breed of duck is somewhat larger and racier of build than the Call Ducks. East Indies are sought after as exhibition birds. Many females develop white in their plumage as they age (as you can see in the image of "GMa" below), but they will still produce solid black offspring if mated to a good male.

An interesting characteristic of the East Indie is its egg color. Early in the season the eggs are black or dark grey; later in the laying season they gradually change to light grey or blue.

Black East Indies Links:

Bantam Ducks Discussion Board

Black East Indies at Exotic Fowl

Black East Indias at e-chickens

Here are Walt Leonard's Black East Indies

Giffs Farm

"Bo," my Black East Indie young drake
Photo ©Frank Quinn

Bo's mate "Peep"
Photo ©Frank Quinn

This is "GMa," a seven-year-old duck
She is a female, but in old age she has developed drake feathers.
Photo ©Frank Quinn

Armand and Caroline's flock of BEIs
Photo courtesy of Andreas Brunglinghaus

A very nice female from the UK
Photo courtesy of Rupert Stephenson

A BEI drake from Sweden
Photo courtesy of Daniel Sörensen

BEI drakes on a pond
Photo courtesy of Jenn & Andy Moore

Another Black East Indies drake
Photo courtesy of Robert Stephenson

"Jessie" is an 8-year-old BEI hen
Photo courtesy of Kelly Merchant

Black East Indies ducklings
Photos courtesy of Jason Mandich

More BEI ducklings
Photos courtesy of Star Hargrove



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