There are two main varieties, one with mallard-type coloration with a green head and brown chest; the other is a coffee coloured bird with blue wing tips. Both varieties have a bluish-grey bill.
They are small, stocky birds, with a good temper.
Males will weigh 3 ½ to 4 pounds (1.6 to 1.8 kg); females 2 ¾ to 3 ½ pounds (1.2 to 1.6 kg.)
The Elizabeth Duck breed was developed in New South Wales, Australia, in 1972 by Lance Ruting, from crosses between Rouen Claire and Mallard ducks. The aim was to make a quickly growing breed of ducks for meat.
Elizabeth Ducks are named after Lance Ruting’s wife, Ann Elizabeth.