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Is this a mallard

Observed: 13th August 2008 By: scottscott’s reputation in Birdsscott’s reputation in Birdsscott’s reputation in Birds
is this a mallard
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Species with which Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) interacts

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A "typical" Mallard x Muscovy hybrid.

In both structure and plumage this bird is a relatively typical example of a Mallard x Muscovy hybrid.

The body is relatively long, the tail is long and pointed, and there is no sign of the "curly" tail feathers that are typical of male Mallards (if this was a Mallard it would be unlikely for a female to show plumage like this - although).

The bronzy and green colours are typically seen in Mallard x Muscovy hybrids (the patterned brown feathers on the flanks are less typical but may be Mallard influence on eclipse plumage), the orangy/brown eye colour which is just about visible is also typical.

Examples of hybrids showing some similarities can be seen on these web pages:
http://www.flickr.com/groups/hybridbirds/discuss/72157602472617276/
http://10000birds.com/hybrid-mallards.htm