Guardian Nature School Team Contact Blog Project Noah Facebook Project Noah Twitter

A global community of nature enthusiasts
photographing and learning about wildlife

Join Project Noah!
nature school apple icon

Project Noah Nature School visit nature school

Mallard

Anas platyrhynchos

Description:

Does anyone have any idea what is going on with this mallard's head? At first I thought it was a trick of the light, but as you can see by the pictures of the it preening it seems to be an actual feather pattern... I'm going to feel silly if this is actually not a mallard and just a different species that looks like mallards, but I couldn't find anything like it. Any input would be greatly appreciated!

Habitat:

Lake

Species ID Suggestions



Sign in to suggest organism ID

2 Comments

jamerbean
jamerbean 10 years ago

Thanks TampaDave! I didn't realize mallards hybridized with other ducks... I've got some reading up on that to do. :D

TampaDave
TampaDave 10 years ago

This looks like it could be a black duck/mallard hybrid. Their heads have the same green pattern as your subject.

jamerbean
Spotted by
jamerbean

New York City, New York

Spotted on Apr 17, 2011
Submitted on Apr 17, 2011

Reference

Noah Guardians
Noah Sponsors

Join the Project Noah Team Join Project Noah Team