Is this a Domestic Mallard ?

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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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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.
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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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Re: Is this a Domestic Mallard ?

Postby TheBirderman » Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:32 pm

This is a Domestic Duck. No particular breed to it.
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Re: Is this a Domestic Mallard ?

Postby Liam Ballard » Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:02 pm

Cannot procreate, Clinton? Maybe it is a different breed, but there is a biggish brown/black domestic duck with a bib near my house with three large ducklings - two of which are ordinary Greylard colouration and one just like its mother.
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Re: Is this a Domestic Mallard ?

Postby Clinton9 » Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:16 pm

Hybrids between Muscovy duck and Mallard duck, cannot procreate, like mules (hybrids between donkey and horse)...mules can't procreate.

Liam Ballard wrote:Cannot procreate, Clinton? Maybe it is a different breed, but there is a biggish brown/black domestic duck with a bib near my house with three large ducklings - two of which are ordinary Greylard colouration and one just like its mother.
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Re: Is this a Domestic Mallard ?

Postby Liam Ballard » Sun Oct 14, 2018 8:51 am

Interesting, I must be thinking of a different breed.
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Re: Is this a Domestic Mallard ?

Postby les » Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:10 pm

you cannot by any stretch of imagination say it is a muscovy hybrid from a photo?No take that back,I guess you can?
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Re: Is this a Domestic Mallard ?

Postby Raewyn » Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:50 pm

For comparison, this bird at Sullivan Lake Whakatane is definitely a mulard (mallard x muscovy hybrid). It does display features of both parents, and associates with muscovies. The bird above is in the water so we can't see its feet or its stance, but the colour is fairly typical of cross-bred domestic mallards, and some of them can be quite large.
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