Origin, diffusion and economic characteristics
This duck was selected in England (Abacot-Essex) around 1920 by Oscar Gray, crossing a female Campbell with a white male of the Indian Corritrice. Initially the subjects obtained did not have a well defined coloration but were mostly white. The purpose of the selection was to obtain a dual-purpose duck (production of large white eggs, such as the Corritrice, and of good weight). Her name was Abacot Ranger, from the name of the place of origin and because she was a great explorer Ranger.
After a few years she disappeared from the Essex countryside, fortunately not before she was exported to Germany, where she was selected in the current color. The name Streicher probably derives from his habit of grazing continuously (streicheln in German also means wandering or wandering).
Morphology and position
Beautiful and elegant duck, lively, with graceful posture. The trunk is cylindrical and compact. The lower line is parallel to the upper one. The position is not horizontal, but slightly erect, a little in the male. Fleshy breast, neither too full nor too flat. Belly not too developed and well stretched. The tail continues the line of the back or rises slightly.
The legs, positioned a little behind, do not detach from the trunk and are not very visible. Fine and medium length tarsi, slightly longer in males.
The wings, tightly closed and tightened to the body, must not cross and at best end with the points that just touch. Medium length neck slightly arched, not too fine, gradually enlarged towards the base; small head in proportion to the body with flat forehead. The beak continues the line of the head, medium long and smooth, without a keel on the upper part.
The weight must not exceed 2.5 kg in males and 2.0 kg in females (the Italian standard gives a maximum of 2.4 kg for the female, but is definitely too high: in addition to altering the shape, good production is lost of eggs for which the breed has been selected).
The coloring is unique: Selvatica Argento.
Base color white silver / cream. Chest, first part of the neck, neck and shoulders, brown red; each pen with silver-white edging. The thickness of the hemming proportioned to the length of the pen. The sides may be creamy white, but are preferable with a not too extensive strip of reddish brown feathers edged with silver white. Belly and lower part white silver / cream. In the rump a mixture of gray, brown and white, each pen edged with white. Low back gray / silver with dark speckles, each pen edged in white. Yellowish gray tail with lighter outer edge. Dark black undertail; males with black undertail mixed with white, however, generally have a more evident border. Black curls. White remiganti regularly mixed with a very fine and thick light gray pepper. Bright black wing mirror rich in violet / greenish reflections. The mirror must be clearly visible and well delimited; enclosed by an upper frame of black feathers edged with silver white and by a lower, narrower, white frame. Small silver / cream white wing coverts with gray peppering, each pen has a slight silver white rim. Head and neck blackish brown with strong green reflections, with a noticeable ring, not too tight, which closes well in the back. Gray beak up to see willow with black length. Orange tarsiers.
The background color is yellowish white, with age it tends to become clayey. The upper part of the chest, the first part of the neck, the neck and the back have light brown streaks. Lower part of the back yellowish gray with dark speckles and each pen edged with white. The background color clearly prevails. Lower part of the chest and belly white cream. In the sides a hinted streak is required, therefore they must not have a heavy trope design, but neither must they be clean cream white. Strongly spotted brown tail: in young animals the pattern is not present, but there is a gray-black plumage spotted with white; later the brown spots pattern makes its way, which becomes a clear streak after a few weeks. On the wings a blue mirror clearly delimited as in the male. Light brown tail feathers. Clearly striped undertail. Head and upper part of the neck, almost halfway, yellowish brown; darker streaks on the forehead; in young animals the streak extends, almost always, up to the neck; only later is it located in the requested part. The color of the head and the upper part of the neck is darker in young animals, and consequently the detachment with the lighter lower part is very clear; over time the color however loses intensity. Gray to green gray beak. Brown / grayish tarsi.
Dark brown eyes in both sexes.
Everything that alters the form; yellowish beak in both sexes.
In the female brown beak; complete lack of streaks; white head and grayish wing mirror. In the male too dark color, which would prevent the white background color to stand out; head color away from brown; ring too thin or open in the back; absence of hemming.
from Anatra Streicher by Fabrizio Focardi - Aviculture Aviculture July-September 2003
Female and male silver wild Streicher Duck