Mallard/Black Duck Hybrid (pics)

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Mallard/Black Duck Hybrid (pics)

Postby goosetalk » Sun Dec 10, 2006 8:47 pm

Here's the hybrid that my party killed at Shanks a few weeks ago, along with the rest of the birds.

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Postby MoHunter » Sun Dec 10, 2006 9:41 pm

hybrid of what?

Looks like there's some white on that speculum. Cross with mallet?
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Postby goosetalk » Sun Dec 10, 2006 10:08 pm

Yes, it is a cross between a Malllard and a Black Duck
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Postby MoHunter » Sun Dec 10, 2006 10:47 pm

How can you tell there's black in there? I probably would have missed it and counted it as a hen.
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Postby goosetalk » Sun Dec 10, 2006 10:56 pm

The pic makes it harder, but the body is very dark, the speculem has a more purplish tint (characteristic of a black duck), the white barring on the wing is about half as thick as a regular mallard, the location of the green on top of the head and no curls on the tail, which has no white on it, and its size (4 1/2 lbs)...hybrids are known to be larger. I should have taken a pic with a mallard drake and hen for comparison, but i won't be able to do that until I get it back from the taxidermist.
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Postby KCDuckMaster » Tue Dec 12, 2006 6:15 pm

Black/Mallard huh... Well thats good to know because my buddy and I shot 3 of those things about 2-3 weeks ago. We shot two and didnt know what to think but they both had the green on the head and a real dark/purplish speculem also. Then a lil later my buddy shot another, so there must have been a group coming through that day. But ours were not even close to 4 1/2 pounds, ours were more like 2 1/2.
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Postby MoHunter » Tue Dec 12, 2006 8:12 pm

could have just been their plummage.
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