Mallard/Black Duck Mix?

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Mallard/Black Duck Mix?

Postby lmoe2910 » Fri Jan 25, 2013 1:02 pm

Curious what everyone thinks about this duck. Shot in Maryland in mid January along with other mallards and black ducks that day. The entire body and chest is dark like a black duck but the wings and green on his head look like a drake mallard. I've shot immature/out of color mallards before but this one has no white or gray on its stomach at all and no white around its neck. It seems much darker than any mallard drake I've killed and the bill looks like a black duck to me. Thanks.

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Re: Mallard/Black Duck Mix?

Postby merganser murderer » Fri Jan 25, 2013 1:32 pm

a mallard slipped in the back door somewhere along the line
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Re: Mallard/Black Duck Mix?

Postby erp10 » Fri Jan 25, 2013 1:36 pm

Yep mallard black hybrid.
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Re: Mallard/Black Duck Mix?

Postby Pete-pec » Fri Jan 25, 2013 1:45 pm

IMO, yes, black duck mallard mix. The location says a lot too. There is some serious interbreeding going on, on the East coast. Shot many similar to that in Massachusetts. Some of these birds are 1st generation birds, however many are older generation birds breeding back to other mixed birds as well as plain mallards and plain blacks> because of this, you will get varying patterns in the head, the body as well as the wing. The speculum, body (breast color) as well as the head looks like a pretty even mix of the two parent species in my opinion.

Some people get all excited because they shot a hybrid. I just feel that this one has done more harm to both original breeds, and is quite common, so it isn't what I think of when referring to a trophy, but it definitely has some characteristics that may be wall worthy.
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Re: Mallard/Black Duck Mix?

Postby JuniorPre 360 » Fri Jan 25, 2013 10:20 pm

Did you use the hybrid ghg decoys to land it? Haha that's a nice duck!!!
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Re: Mallard/Black Duck Mix?

Postby tam9492 » Fri Jan 25, 2013 11:10 pm

:lol: I forgot about those decoys :hammer:
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Re: Mallard/Black Duck Mix?

Postby Saltwater_Assassin » Sat Jan 26, 2013 3:30 am

Nice bird. :thumbsup:
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Re: Mallard/Black Duck Mix?

Postby youngoilguy » Tue Jan 29, 2013 10:19 am

That is a really cool looking bird.
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Re: Mallard/Black Duck Mix?

Postby Frank Lopez » Tue Jan 29, 2013 6:31 pm

It's a mallato!

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