Mallard/Pintail hybrid?

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Mallard/Pintail hybrid?

Postby CWduckslayer » Sun Oct 20, 2013 11:12 pm

Shot this bird today, fairly certain its a mallard/pintail cross, but I would like someone with more experience to verify that.
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Re: Mallard/Pintail hybrid?

Postby merganser murderer » Mon Oct 21, 2013 5:33 am

looks like a pet to me. his name was daffy.
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Re: Mallard/Pintail hybrid?

Postby BBK » Mon Oct 21, 2013 9:06 am

We have those in every park here. They are very brown and have white breasts and semi-green heads. They are mallard x domestic mallard (farm duck). Escaped from someone's farm or its parents were an escapee and a wild mallard.
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Re: Mallard/Pintail hybrid?

Postby bknilvr00 » Mon Oct 21, 2013 9:10 am

It's a Black Swede. Not a hybrid. Just somebodies domestic bird that flew the coop.

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Re: Mallard/Pintail hybrid?

Postby BBK » Mon Oct 21, 2013 10:33 am

bknilvr00 wrote:It's a Black Swede. Not a hybrid. Just somebodies domestic bird that flew the coop.

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No, true black swedish ducks have backish blue bills and are all black with a little green tint to the head. That duck clearly has a yellow bill. But you are right, that bird does appear to be a cross with a black swede duck. Could very well have been a domestic cross that escaped. Some black swedish are sold already crossed with a mallard and have a yellow/orange bill.
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Re: Mallard/Pintail hybrid?

Postby bknilvr00 » Mon Oct 21, 2013 10:56 am

BBK wrote:
bknilvr00 wrote:It's a Black Swede. Not a hybrid. Just somebodies domestic bird that flew the coop.

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No, true black swedish ducks have backish blue bills and are all black with a little green tint to the head. That duck clearly has a yellow bill. But you are right, that bird does appear to be a cross with a black swede duck. Could very well have been a domestic cross that escaped. Some black swedish are sold already crossed with a mallard and have a yellow/orange bill.


Your mixing your domestic duck breeds a little here. A blue Swede will have the gray or "blue" bill while the black Swedes bill will be yellow, black or any combination of the two. Swedes have the same general markings, such as the white bib, which is almost always a dead give away. People want something unique, and I can't blame them. Unfortunately most peoples duck I.D. doesn't extend beyond wild birds. Not that it should have to. But a little research go a long way.
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Re: Mallard/Pintail hybrid?

Postby BBK » Mon Oct 21, 2013 11:07 am

Oh okay, thanks for the clarification! :thumbsup:

Anyhow, you shot a pet duck! LOL :lol3:

Maybe with a little brown paint and a pintail sprig a taxi could make a pintail hybrid for you. :lol3:
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Re: Mallard/Pintail hybrid?

Postby CWduckslayer » Mon Oct 21, 2013 11:30 am

Damn, that's disappointing. But at least the bird has been correctly identified, rather than me going on my way thinking I had shot something I didn't
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Re: Mallard/Pintail hybrid?

Postby BBK » Mon Oct 21, 2013 11:35 am

You still have something I bet 99% of duck hunters have never seen nor shot.
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Re: Mallard/Pintail hybrid?

Postby CWduckslayer » Mon Oct 21, 2013 1:34 pm

True, however I was planning in gettin it mounted but I don't think so amonymore
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Re: Mallard/Pintail hybrid?

Postby BBK » Mon Oct 21, 2013 1:55 pm

Why not? Heck of a conversation piece and obviously you were proud of it. It is a cool looking bird.
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Re: Mallard/Pintail hybrid?

Postby Baymen Moe » Mon Oct 21, 2013 3:19 pm

CWduckslayer wrote:True, however I was planning in gettin it mounted but I don't think so amonymore

Yeah, but if you got it mounted you could proudly say, " I mounted a farm animal" :lol3:
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Re: Mallard/Pintail hybrid?

Postby olt d2 » Mon Oct 21, 2013 4:17 pm

What you have is called a Bibbed mallard. google it. I'd mount it , I mounted the one I shot two years ago. I thought it was cool looking and wall worthy.
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Re: Mallard/Pintail hybrid?

Postby CWduckslayer » Mon Oct 21, 2013 11:04 pm

It is a neat looking bird, but idk there's something about shooting a domesticated bird that seems a little off
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Re: Mallard/Pintail hybrid?

Postby COYOTE JLR » Tue Oct 22, 2013 6:47 pm

CWduckslayer wrote:It is a neat looking bird, but idk there's something about shooting a domesticated bird that seems a little off


If it was flying out in the wild I'd consider it a feral bird. If a mandarin drake escaped from someone's aviary and you managed to bag it out of a flock of other ducks, would you get it mounted? Personally, I think what you got is cool and is certainly a conversation piece. I wouldn't feel off about getting it mounted.
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Re: Mallard/Pintail hybrid?

Postby LeakyBoot » Tue Oct 22, 2013 7:02 pm

Here's marina mallards from NJ, very tame, they fly, but really not something you wanna get mounted.
The neighbors feed them and ask that I not shoot them.

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