Origin, diffusion and economic characteristics
Medium-sized breed originally from Holland, selected at the beginning of the twentieth century.
It lays around 180-200 eggs per year with a white shell. Breed appreciated both for the production of eggs and meat.
Coloration: Wild Blue Silver.
Coat of the male of blue-lilac color with brown shades on the head and neck; the wings are dark brown in color with lace. the female has a clearer chlorination. Wings of medium length, very close to the body.
- Adult male 2.5-2.75 kg
- Adult female 2.25-2.5 kg
Male Overberg duck (photo www.domestic-waterfowl.co.uk)
Breed standard - FIAV
I - General
Netherlands. Selected in the mid-90s of the twentieth century from Campbell Duck, Streicher, Welsh Harlequin, Gimbsheim, Orpington and Curved Beak.
Minimum weight g. 65
Shell color: white
Male and female: 16
II - Type and Address for Selection
Medium size and slightly raised hold. Very active and mobile. Color is the lightest shade of dark wild varieties.
III - Standard
General Appearance and Characteristics of the Breed
1 - Form
Trunk: elongated; well rounded; a little detected. The line of the back and the lower one must be almost parallel.
Head: well rounded with a slightly marked forehead and inconspicuous cheeks; which narrows towards the beak
Beak: medium length, slightly rising towards the forehead.
Eyes: dark brown iris.
Neck: of medium length; harmoniously arched; it becomes progressively stronger downwards.
Back: long, almost straight.
Ali: tightly closed and tightened to the body.
Tail: carried in line with the back or just detected.
Chest: well rounded, carried high enough; without the presence of a keel.
Legs: legs clearly visible. Medium length tarsi; in the male a little higher than the female.
Belly: not too developed without the slightest bale.
Body too short and presence of ventral bale; entirely yellow beak or beak that forms an angle.
2 - Weight
Male: kg. 2.5 - 2.75
Female: kg. 2.25 - 2.5
3 - Plumage
Conformation: well tightened to the body, without too much down.
IV - Colors
WILD BLUE SILVER
Silvery cream white background color. Chest, base of the neck, neck and shoulders light brown-red with silver white edging. Belly and sides white cream silver, sides slightly edged with red-brown. It starts above the blue tail, each feather edged in white. Low back silver blue with dark spots. Pale blue tail with lighter edge. Blue curls. White wings with light blue peppering. Pale blue mirror with light brown-yellow glaze. Light blue head, back and auricular region with light brown reflections. Well-defined ring, not too fine, which closes well in the back.
Willow green beak color, light yellow reflections allowed at the hanging.
Background color cream yellowish. The upper part of the chest, the base of the neck, the nape of the neck and the back are pale yellow with blue spine and white edging. The background color is clearly dominant. Low chest and yellowish cream white belly.
Part above the heavily spotted yellow tail with blue rachis design. Pale blue wing mirror well delimited with brownish-bronze shades (isabella color). Pale yellow tail feathers. Brownish yellow head with blue streaks on the forehead. Color of the head and upper part of the neck contrasting sharply with the light color of the base of the neck.
Beak color gray to gray-green.
Dirty brown tarsi.
Male: coat color too dark, in which the white background color does not appear; head too brown; ring too fine or not closed behind; absence of hemming.
Female: brown beak; total absence of blue streaks; entirely white head; blue or gray mirror.