Mallard Hybrid?

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David L Walton

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Jul 24, 2022, 5:51:42 PM7/24/22
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Saw this hybrid among the Canada geese and Mallards at FlowServe in Springville. 

Does anyone want to venture a guess as to its parentage?
Hybrid Mallard.jpeg

Jeff Cooper

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Jul 24, 2022, 8:37:40 PM7/24/22
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Hi, David. Check out Pied Call Duck. They are quite varied in appearance from what I've seen, but I noticed one at Flowserve back in February. It may be the same individual you observed and shared in your image.

Kind regards,
Jeff

On Sun, Jul 24, 2022 at 3:51 PM David L Walton <dlwal...@gmail.com> wrote:
Saw this hybrid among the Canada geese and Mallards at FlowServe in Springville. 

Does anyone want to venture a guess as to its parentage?

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David Wheeler

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Jul 28, 2022, 3:07:55 PM7/28/22
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David,
It's what is derisively called a "pond duck."  Mallards in parks and other urban ponds often show varying degrees of domestic genes because domestic-type ducks often back-cross with wild mallards.  Some can have absolutely stunning colors.  This one looks like a classic mix of white domestic mallard with a wild-type mallard.  This is what I list as "Mallard (Domestic type)" in eBird.

~David Wheeler

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