Mallard Hybrid?
18 Feb 2018, 7:05 AM,
#1
Mallard Hybrid?
I came upon a Mallard that stood out from the many Mallards at Page Springs on 2/17/18.

I believe it could be a hybrid of some sort.

In fact, it looks to me just like the picture of an American Black Duck X Mallard hybrid on page 27 of the Kaufman Field Guide to Birds of North America.

Any thoughts out there?

Thanks!
Gary

P.S. There were 12 Hooded Mergansers today.


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19 Feb 2018, 9:32 AM,
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RE: Mallard Hybrid?
Gary, I see Mallards like this occasionally and I suspect they are Mexican/Northern intergrades. I don't really know how you would differentiate one from a Black Duck hybrid, but I can usually find a similar looking photo at this website: http://birdhybrids.blogspot.com/2014/04/...-duck.html
The first time I saw one at Kachina Wetlands, i thought it looked like Sibley's version of a Mallard/Black Duck hybrid, but Mexican intergrade is much more likely around here.
Tom
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21 Feb 2018, 12:27 PM,
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RE: Mallard Hybrid?
(19 Feb 2018, 9:32 AM)tshedwall Wrote: Gary, I see Mallards like this occasionally and I suspect they are Mexican/Northern intergrades. I don't really know how you would differentiate one from a Black Duck hybrid, but I can usually find a similar looking photo at this website: http://birdhybrids.blogspot.com/2014/04/...-duck.html
The first time I saw one at Kachina Wetlands, i thought it looked like Sibley's version of a Mallard/Black Duck hybrid, but Mexican intergrade is much more likely around here.
Tom

Ok, thanks!

Gary
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