It has a pinkish-white bill, and yellowish-orange shanks. It has a large, almost horizontal body like the Aylesbury Duck.
The duckings grow and get fat quickly. At maturity, males will weigh 6 1/2 to 7 3/4 pounds (3 to 3.5kg); females around 6 1/2 pounds (3 kg.)
The females lay eggs weighing about 70g, with pinkish white shells.
The duck has fine, well-flavoured meat.
Bourbourg Duck originated in the area of Bourbourg, France between Calais and Dunkirk at the end of the 1800s. Among its pedigree are Mertchem and Aylesbury ducks.
Breed standards were established in 1924.
The breed had nearly died out by the 1950s. It has since been revived.
Scherf, Beate D., Editor. World Watch List for Domestic Animal Diversity. Rome: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Second Edition. 1995. Page 234.