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Unusual Ducks

Observed: 3rd April 2011 By: Graeme
The Anton River Conservation Association
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Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 3.4.11.Anton Lakes
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 3.4.11.Anton Lakes.2

Unusual coloured mallards.Are these hybrids?

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) interacts


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Not exactly. Hybrid usually means a cross between two species. These are both mallards but they will have some genetic material in from domestic 'sub-species' of mallard.

Speaking loosely you could talk about a hybrid between different sub-species if you wanted.

David Howdon

anonymous spotter's picture

If you google -

"manky", "heinz" or "hybrid" mallard, you'll find some good web pages with lots of examples of the promiscuity of these ducks.