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What kind of duck is this?

Postby MAwaterfowler » Tue Nov 19, 2013 3:20 pm

Can anybody enlighten me on what this might be, a hybrid maybe?
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Re: What kind of duck is this?

Postby mawtrfowler » Tue Nov 19, 2013 4:04 pm

I would say Black/Mallard hybrid
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Re: What kind of duck is this?

Postby Joser06 » Tue Nov 19, 2013 4:11 pm

I will say mallard/black hybrid. The real question here is whether to count that as a black or a mallard. On that one I would say mallard due to the green top but even that is contestable.
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Re: What kind of duck is this?

Postby woodduck14 » Tue Nov 19, 2013 4:19 pm

Pretty cool duck, that would go in my mallard bag
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Re: What kind of duck is this?

Postby Joser06 » Tue Nov 19, 2013 5:28 pm

You didn't happen to get a picture of its wing did you?
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Re: What kind of duck is this?

Postby aunt betty » Tue Nov 19, 2013 5:31 pm

Look at its wing and imo it's a drake mallard that hasn't plumed fully.
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Re: What kind of duck is this?

Postby pequawhonk1 » Tue Nov 19, 2013 6:24 pm

MAwaterfowler wrote:Can anybody enlighten me on what this might be, a hybrid maybe?

Looks like a dead duck.

Seriously, I would say that if it resembles a black more than a mallard than call it a black and the same is true otherwise. Nothing in regs about hybrids so heir on side of caution as most EPOs are not waterfowl specialists and will give it a quick eyeball and cross check against a refrence book. I have shot imature drake eiders that had a handful of white feathers here and there and called them a hen so as not to get into a debate with an EPO. Not worth it and if you piss them off they can push it as criminal citation rather than civil and now you have to lawyer up. Arguing with law enforcement is like wrestling with a pig in the mud, after awhile you realize they enjoy.
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Re: What kind of duck is this?

Postby MIKE J. » Tue Nov 19, 2013 9:03 pm

aunt betty wrote:Look at its wing and imo it's a drake mallard that hasn't plumed fully.


That is my guess too. Young of the year drake mallard or in this case a wrinkled neck green head .
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Re: What kind of duck is this?

Postby Mike M. » Tue Nov 19, 2013 9:11 pm

My unscientific opinion would be that it's likely a first year drake mallard. I'd count it as a mallard.
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Re: What kind of duck is this?

Postby JTR » Wed Nov 20, 2013 6:07 am

A shot of the wing would be pretty conclusive as to whether its a hybrid or a young mallard.
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Re: What kind of duck is this?

Postby MIKE J. » Wed Nov 20, 2013 8:17 am

Here's a picture of a juvenile drake mallard for reference
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Re: What kind of duck is this?

Postby native brookie » Wed Nov 20, 2013 11:34 am

Can't speak for what Mass EPO's will do, but I can tell you what Maine game wardens have told when checking birds I thought were hybrids.

(1) If there is even a hint of green on the head, they won't call it a black duck. May be an immature mallard, may be a hybrid, but it's not a black.
(2) If there is even a hint of 2 white lines on the wing, it's not a black duck. Again, might be hybrid or might be mallard, but not a black.
(3) If you can clearly distinguish (and the warden agrees with you) hybrids from mallards, they don't count as part of your mallard limit, but as "other" ducks.
(4) They encouraged harvest of hybrids--"get those buggers out of the gene pool" is a direct quote.


Now, that's just one warden from another state, so take with several grains of salt. I remain conservative, and have been checked since then with ducks I thought MIGHT be blacks, only to have the warden tell me it was a hybrid.
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Re: What kind of duck is this?

Postby MAwaterfowler » Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:02 am

Thanks for the responses. My guess was a mallard/black mix. I will check my photo library to see about the wing.
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Re: What kind of duck is this?

Postby toolmaker » Thu Nov 21, 2013 3:19 pm

we cant see enough of the back and sides to call it a brewers Duck, but look up brewers Duck and see what you think.... but most likely its a juvie mallard drake or a black-mallard hybrid........ which in the grand state of CT is LEGALLY called a Mallard

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Re: What kind of duck is this?

Postby McManusClan5 » Fri Nov 22, 2013 10:57 am

Tool, I just have to tell you that I have trouble focusing on any of your posts. Something about your avatar is distracting...
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Re: What kind of duck is this?

Postby toolmaker » Fri Nov 22, 2013 4:57 pm

McManusClan5 wrote:Tool, I just have to tell you that I have trouble focusing on any of your posts. Something about your avatar is distracting...

what, you trying to figure out what that pink thing is???????


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Re: What kind of duck is this?

Postby papageno » Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:57 pm

I went to the park in September and all the ducks were female mallards. I went again in october and half the ducks looked like that one. In November, those ducks all flew away and the mallards drakes migrated in - at least that's what I figured happened.

it's very obviously a mallard (not necessarily immature) drake changing its plumage and counts to your mallard limit. What about that says blackie to you?
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