The Elizabeth was developed in the early 1970's in NSW by Lance Ruting, and named after his wife, Ann Elizabeth. History details Lance was breeding for a fast growing meat duck for the Asian market when the Elizabeth 'sport' appeared. They were unique to other ducklings and were developed further.

Bred using a Rouen Clair and an otherwise 'brown farmyard duck', little else is known about the heritage of this beautiful Australian duck, affectionately known as a "Lizzie".

They are classified as a light breed of waterfowl and weigh in at the lighter end of the scale. They are in fact lighter than an Indian Runner, and not much heavier than a Mallard.  APS2 weights for the drake: 1.58 - 1.80 kg (3.5 - 4 lb) and duck 1.25 - 1.47 kg (2.75 - 3.25 lb).

They lay a white shelled egg, typically between 60-70 g.

In the early years, detractors derided the Elizabeth as nothing other than an off-coloured Mallard ... but as its ever-growing band of supporters pointed out, any domestic breed of waterfowl - besides the Muscovy - could be given that moniker. The Lizzie has shown it's here to stay, and celebrated 40 years in 2012

koljash has achieved some impressive results with our line of Elizabeths, which is unique to most lines found in Victoria.

Our homebred 2012 season drake - Elliot - who among his champion titles can claim Champion Elizabeth at the 2014 Royal Melbourne Poultry Show. His offspring have gone on to also perform well on the show bench.

The Elizabeth is renowned as  being a reliable broody, often hatching 2 clutches a season. The females will brood communally, raising their young amicably and have even shared a clutch with a chook!

Genetically the Elizabeth is considered a harlequin phase dusky mallard, belonging to the 'silver' genetic family which includes the Welsh Harlequin and Abacot Ranger. The genetic inheritance leads to some colour/toning variances between birds, but they are expected to darken with age. koljash have found that juveniles are significantly different in colour to the adult birds, females going through several colour changes before gaining the nuptial plumage associated with the standard. Females also eclipse following the breeding season; it not uncommon for them to develop patches of almost white on their feathers.
A young Elizabeth looks considerably different to the show winning birds below - the bird above at maturity has won a number of awards for koljash.
day old lizzies show the typical dirty yellow down associated with the harlequin genetic inheritance. Bill colour indicates sexual differences - within a few days all bills are dark.
Above - different years, different birds, but showing consistencies of the koljash line. These birds all display well marked wing coverts for first and second year birds - some lines will have essentially no markings, but will develop colour in their second year.

above -   2013 - a group of 2nd and 3rd year females, 1st year drakes  in the full brilliance of a sunny winter's day.   The ducks display slight variances in colouring, the left and right birds being the 3rd years.  The drake in the background appears to have a broken neck ring but has regrown brown feathers following a scuffle.