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Female Mallard?

Observed: 9th February 2011 By: George WGeorge W’s reputation in BirdsGeorge W’s reputation in BirdsGeorge W’s reputation in Birds
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Saw this white duck with 2 Mallard males and 1 Mallard female. I assume it is a Mallard because, besides its body and beak shape, it behaved similar to the other 3 ducks (it did upend its tail like the others but I didn't catch the moment in the photos). I assume it is a female because and when the female Mallard followed one male when the males swam away from each other the white duck followed the other male.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) interacts


Syrphus's picture

It is a male as shown by the

It is a male as shown by the curl above the base of the tail.



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Jeff Rothwell's picture


Interesting! I posted a very similar picture wondering if the white duck was a Mallard. I saw my white ducks in Nottingham.

Blewit Boy's picture

They're all over.........

They're all over I think. I saw some whities on Tues in Bakewell.


George W's picture


...Thanks for your tip on recognising a male Mallard.