zoothorn's picture

Duck on River Aire,Saltaire, Yorkshire

Observed: 29th October 2011 By: zoothorn

In a group of mallards, but slightly smaller and living freely on River Aire at Saltaire in West Yorkshire. Vaguely like a perching duck species? Cannot find it in my books or in an internet search

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) interacts


Yashca's picture

Certainly is a strange

Certainly is a strange looking thing. The facial markings made me think a little bit of a female Long-Tailed Duck, but I've never heard of a hybrid one. Nice looking thing though.

Ray Turner's picture

Agreed ...

... on it being nice looking, I think it’s quite cute.


bobthebirder's picture

mystery duck

Absolutely no idea. Do you have any other photos that show its shape better?

Bob Ford

RoyW's picture


Do an internet search for "blue bibbed call duck" ("call ducks" are a small domestic Mallard breed, "bibbed" refers to the white bib, and the "blue" part is one of the colour forms).

bobthebirder's picture


That's it. I've never come across one of these before.

Bob Ford

zoothorn's picture


Thanks for all the comments and the id. I've learnt something new there