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A variety of Mallards

Observed: 17th February 2011 By: jhn7
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Description:

I think the washed out bird is a female because of the slight brown streaking and I'm guessing the pure white bird is a male because of the upcurled tail feathers.
Added another view of the beige streaked bird.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) interacts

Comments

RoyW's picture

Male Mallard & female hybrid?

I'd agree that the white bird (right hand photo) is a male domestic Mallard.

The bill pattern/colour is interesting on the female though, and I suspect that there may be at least some Spot-billed Duck genes in there.

jhn7's picture

How interesting!

Thank you for this suggestion, I had not heard of Spot-billed Ducks before and have had a fascinating time looking them up. I think you are right, there are traces of its characteristics.

Janet
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anonymous spotter's picture

They are the -

"Heinz 57 varieties" of the bird world, aren't they?