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Mallards (male)

Anas platyrhynchos

Description:

this duck looks part Mallard, but not sure what else. (Male)

Habitat:

Lehighton Canal, PA

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Mallard
Anas platyrhynchos


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11 Comments

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 9 years ago

very nice,

I understand that Mallards often hybridize with American Black ducks.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Malla...
Perhaps that's what happened here. Great photo!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

That's a great picture CSM - fabulous duck and the water with it's reflections is magic.

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 9 years ago

Thanks everyone for your help! It is a cool duck!

Liam
Liam 9 years ago

While that is true, you can often tell which species or breed the Mallard mated with by looking at various traits of the offspring. In an example such as this, the bird looks to be pure Mallard, as it shows no traits of any other species. It could, however, have some domestic breeds in it. But after looking at the photos again, I might even say this bird doesn't even have any immediate domestic genes, but is simply a drake molting from nonbreeding plumage.

SeEttaMoss
SeEttaMoss 9 years ago

There is really no way to tell for sure what the Mallard mated with. Mallards are well known as willing to mate with a wide range of waterfowl, often domestic ducks but even some geese.

Liam
Liam 9 years ago

Just a Mallard Mutt drake. Any shoveler hybrid would show a prominently large bill.

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

The light is just fabulous!

PatrickCarney
PatrickCarney 9 years ago

Mallard x Northern Shoveler Hybrid?

Hema
Hema 9 years ago

awesome!

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 9 years ago


Beautiful!

Carol Snow Milne
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Carol Snow Milne

Lehighton, Pennsylvania, USA

Spotted on Feb 7, 2012
Submitted on Feb 11, 2012

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