Is this a Domestic Mallard ?

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Jim Kirker
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Is this a Domestic Mallard ?

Postby Jim Kirker » Sun Jan 08, 2017 7:19 pm

This unusual looking duck was on the water with many mallard/grey duck hybrids late this morning on the pond by the Towle Road entrance to Waiatarua Reserve. It was larger than the other ducks and had orange legs, a black bill, green speculum and dark cream to brown bib. I'm assuming it is a domestic duck, probably a mallard. Also a pair of paradise shelduck in long grass on the far bank and a harrier hawk circling far out in the swamp with alarm calls from birds beneath. It was overcast with light showers and a chilly NW wind. I thought the duck might be a rare species until I found online photos of domestic mallard variants and hybrids images/smilies/icon_e_smile.gif
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Unusual duck Waiatarua
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Unusual duck Waiatarua
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Unusual duck Waiatarua
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Bennyboy87654
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Location: Darfield, Canterbury

Re: Is this a Domestic Mallard ?

Postby Bennyboy87654 » Sun Jan 08, 2017 7:31 pm

I've seen this type of duck at a local pond. I would say its a hybrid between a Mallard and some type of domestic duck.
Clinton9
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Re: Is this a Domestic Mallard ?

Postby Clinton9 » Wed Jun 27, 2018 12:23 pm

Three photos of this white-breasted hybrid Muscovy duck X domestic Mallard duck. Cannot procreate.

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