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Domestic duck

Anas platyrhynchos domesticus

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I know there are gulls, a coot, a duck, and a little grebe in this picture, but I'm after an ID on the big white one with the yellow bill.... I know what it looks like, but considering where it was found, it can't be. Unless it's an escaped one (doubtful) or an introduced species (doubtful). So, best guesses, anyone? :)

1 Species ID Suggestions

bayucca
bayucca 8 years ago
Domestic Duck
Anas platyrhynchos domesticus/Cairina moschata momelanotus Domestic duck


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5 Comments

Leilah
Leilah 8 years ago

(Also, that grebe is _adorable_.)

Leilah
Leilah 8 years ago

Definitely a domestic duck. We've got the occasional domestic hanging out with the local flocks here, it's really cute. =)

Liam
Liam 8 years ago

Agree with feral Mallard. Domestics can show up in crazy places!

LauraMaria
LauraMaria 8 years ago

I'm pretty sure Bayucca nailed it, the white duck is a domesticated version of the mallard, Anas platyrhynchos, also sometimes called the "Pekin duck". It's common to find them in the wild, they're "escapees"! You do sometimes get wild mallards with this colour, but it's more likely it's just an escaped farmyard duck :)

bayucca
bayucca 8 years ago

This one has to be verified. I am a expert in butterflies and Donald Duck, but not really in other ducks...

Dangermouse
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Dangermouse

Algarve, Portugal

Spotted on Aug 12, 2012
Submitted on Aug 12, 2012

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