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I only saw these (Ducks? Geese? Hybrids?) once, for a very brief time, and from pretty far away, but I can't find an I.D, match anywhere! Please help me identify these strange-looking, yet beautiful birds! They flew onto a brackish pond & hung out for a little while, then moved on.

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Muscovy Duck
Cairina moschata Muscovy Duck

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Read this article about Muscovy Ducks and hybrids (Muscovy x Mallard = Mulard, or Mule Duck)

andyarct 8 years ago

Thanks ForestDragon...I thought they might be Muscoveys, but I was really hoping they were a wild species I'd never heard of before. But, I think you're right, though they do look quite different than any other Muscoveys I've seen. Do they vary that much? The others have all had dark bodies, and looked a lot more like total freaks!

ForestDragon 8 years ago

Muscovy Ducks are often domesticated and found on farms and such. They sometimes escape or are released when people don't want them any more. They are quite large, for ducks. These two look like the domestic variety but they might be feral.

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Arcata, California, USA

Spotted on Sep 10, 2012
Submitted on Sep 13, 2012

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