Ducks are known as birds that usually play in the fields or in locations full of water. But in a city in the province of West Sumatra, Indonesia, ducks are taught to fly. The attraction is known as the Duck Race, or the Flying Duck Race. Interestingly, the competition was not held on a river or in a location that had been their habitat, but in the middle of the highway.
This video is the festive atmosphere of the duck race that took place in Payakumbuh City, West Sumatra, Indonesia. The ducks raced to fly to be the fastest to get to the finish line. Race events like this only exist in that area.
This event is usually held every year. However, during the pandemic, this event was stopped, and only started again after the pandemic hit.
Teaching ducks to fly was part of a way to spend free time before descending into the fields during the colonial era. In its later development, the habit continues to this day. Currently, the duck pacemaker has been included in the list of intangible cultural heritage.
The ducks that competed are ducks that are specifically aged between 4 to 6 months. The uniqueness of this competition is that the venue is not held in a river or pond, but in the air. The flying speed of ducks with a predetermined flight distance has classes, such as the 500 meter, 1,000 meter, and 2,000 meter class.
The duck racing competition itself is held in turns at 12 arenas in the area. The duck racing arena is not a special arena, but a village highway. Ducks that are classified as professional can fly up to one and a half kilometers more and at speeds above 80 kilometers per hour.
To be able to fly, ducks must receive special education. In addition, the food must also be considered to maintain the ideal weight and also the characteristics of the animal's body.
It takes up to a month of training for the ducks to fly.