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Observed: 31st December 2011 By: ab9967
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Mallard size and beak shape. Dark feathers with a few white feathers showing on breast. Dark beak.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Mallard Hybrid (Anas platyrhynchos) interacts


RoyW's picture

Domestic Mallard.

Not something that I would personally describe as a hybrid (I prefer to reserve the term solely for crosses between two different species), but the English language does allow 'hybrid' to be used to describe crosses between different breeds of the same species.

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Hi Roy, I take your point and have noted it for future identifications; however as you say from the "hybrid" dictionary definition the term is not incorrect. Regards Chris

RoyW's picture

A personal preference!

Yes, nothing incorrect about your identification - it's more of a personal thing (although shared by quite a few other birders I know!).

ab9967's picture

Mallard Identification

Thanks for your comments and identification. I didn't realise there were so many variations in appearance of Mallards. I had always just assumed they were another species of duck.