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East Indie or Black East Indian Ducks are an ornamental breed of bantam Ducks. They are one of the oldest breeds of bantam ducks. They are thought to have originated in the United States, but their precise origin is not known. At various times they have been known by other names, such as Brazilian, Buenos Airean, or Labrador ducks. There is, however, no documented connection to the East Indies, to South America, or to Labrador. East Indies are largely kept by fanciers for exhibition or ornament.
Black East Indian ducks were imported to the United Kingdom in or before 1831, supposedly from Buenos Aires, and were housed in the Zoological Gardens of the Zoological Society of London. In 1853 the Black East Indian was described in the Poultry Book of William Wingfield and George William Johnson, with an illustration by Harrison Weir. It was included in the original Standard of Excellence in Exhibition Poultry of William Bernhard Tegetmeier in 1865, and, as the Black Indie, in the first Standard of Perfection of the American Poultry Association in 1874.?