Scientific name: Anas platyrhynchos domesticus
The Silver Bantam duck was created during the 1940s by Mr Reginald Appleyard of Ixworth, Suffolk by crossing a white call drake with a khaki Campbell duck. The most colourful offspring of this mating were chosen and cross-bred. It is likely that the Call drake carried the Harlequin trait and this resulted in silver offspring.
This is a small 'bantam' sized duck mainly intended for showing. Despite the similar name, the Silver Bantam is not related at all to the Silver Appleyard Duck and is closer in appearance to a dwarf-sized Abacot Ranger Duck. There is a miniature version of the Silver Appleyard, which is known as the Silver Appleyard Miniature, but this is an entirely separate breed to the Silver Bantam (though they are often confused).
Uses: Exhibition, Ornamental
Suitable housing: Aviary
Capable of flight: Yes
Weight: 1.7 - 2 lbs
Noise level: Above average
Egg production: Good (3/week)
Egg color: White
Meat production: Good tasting fowl, but small