The Pekin or White Pekin is an American breed of domestic duck, raised primarily for meat. It is a mallard derived from birds brought to the United States from China in the nineteenth century and is now bred in many parts of the world. .
The White Pekin is large and solidly built. The body is rectangular as seen from the side and is held at about 40º to the horizontal; the tail projects above the line of the back. The breast is smooth and broad and does not show a pronounced keel. The head is large and rounded, and the neck is thick. The plumage is creamy white, and the legs and feet are a yellowish orange. The beak is yellow, fairly short, and almost straight
Mature Pekin duck hens (females) weigh around 4.1 kg. Mature drakes (males) weigh approximately 4.5kg. The average lifespan of a Pekin duck is roughly eight to 12 years.
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