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blonde mallard ?

Postby quack wackr » Fri Mar 08, 2013 6:15 am

do you guys think this is a blonde mallard with the two regular ones ?
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Re: blonde mallard ?

Postby Blackcloud870 » Fri Mar 08, 2013 6:31 am

Man tough to tell on my phone. Is like to see that bird a bit closer up.
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Re: blonde mallard ?

Postby duxrus » Fri Mar 08, 2013 10:02 am

I would say so....Image
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Re: blonde mallard ?

Postby The Waterfowler » Fri Mar 08, 2013 10:18 am

I dropped it down to a screen where I could enlarge it and it is a color mutation of some sort, but not as blonde as some I've seen. This color phase is called leucistic(albeit partially) or xanthic(Yellow) often.
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Re: blonde mallard ?

Postby quack wackr » Fri Mar 08, 2013 11:56 am

The Waterfowler wrote:I dropped it down to a screen where I could enlarge it and it is a color mutation of some sort, but not as blonde as some I've seen. This color phase is called leucistic(albeit partially) or xanthic(Yellow) often.


thanks. it was more of a light beigh. like a coffe with alot of cream in it . it was an awesome looking bird though. never seen one like it before. it was a fair bit smaller than the regular mallrds it was with to
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Re: blonde mallard ?

Postby The Waterfowler » Fri Mar 08, 2013 1:24 pm

I'm not sure if that mutation is sex-linked or not, but all the blonde Mallards I have seen were hens.
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Re: blonde mallard ?

Postby duckman27 » Fri Mar 08, 2013 1:39 pm

Here's a blonde I saw a few days ago
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Re: blonde mallard ?

Postby troutman561 » Fri Mar 08, 2013 2:37 pm

I wonder if the drakes prefer blonds.
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Re: blonde mallard ?

Postby Blackcloud870 » Fri Mar 08, 2013 8:14 pm

duckman27 wrote:Here's a blonde I saw a few days ago

Very, very cool :clapping:
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Re: blonde mallard ?

Postby Wrek EM » Sat Mar 09, 2013 5:45 am

Just another Blonde out there....
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Re: blonde mallard ?

Postby Duck Collector » Sat Mar 09, 2013 7:46 pm

troutman561 wrote:I wonder if the drakes prefer blonds.

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Re: blonde mallard ?

Postby The Waterfowler » Sun Mar 10, 2013 8:25 am

I"ve killed two and mounted three others in this coloration. All hens. If someone has a drake or has a picture of one I would like to see it please. Interesting mutation and still think it's sex-linked.

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Re: blonde mallard ?

Postby quack wackr » Sun Mar 10, 2013 10:28 am

crazy how drastic the color change is . especially in the wings.
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Re: blonde mallard ?

Postby koonce727 » Wed Mar 13, 2013 10:21 am

Not the best picture, but here a drake I shot this year that is currently at the taxi.
Had a bland black head and rump, lacked all iridesence, looked like a ghost mallard
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Re: blonde mallard ?

Postby Justin Weber » Wed Mar 13, 2013 10:23 am

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Re: blonde mallard ?

Postby The Waterfowler » Wed Mar 13, 2013 12:12 pm

killed a drake like that also several years ago. Called a silver phase by most I''ve spoke with and infor i have read. Have it mounted, but don't know if I have a picture or not. will take one if interested.
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Re: blonde mallard ?

Postby JON » Wed Mar 13, 2013 2:02 pm

Here is a blonde widgeon...

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Re: blonde mallard ?

Postby JON » Wed Mar 13, 2013 2:04 pm

...and here is the same bird alive the year before.

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Re: blonde mallard ?

Postby JON » Wed Mar 13, 2013 2:08 pm

...and I'm pretty sure this is a "Silver Mallard" like the one Waterfowler was talking about...

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Re: blonde mallard ?

Postby The Waterfowler » Wed Mar 13, 2013 3:36 pm

Jon, saw that Wigeon before on a post somewhere. Beautiful bird. this coloration falls in line with me thinking it is sex-linked. I've got a Ruddy hen I killed the same color.
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Re: blonde mallard ?

Postby JON » Wed Mar 13, 2013 3:53 pm

Waterfowler... there is so much out there if a guy just looks around.

Would love to see a picture of the ruddy...

One interesting thing about this bird was the bill... looked like it just grew this way (didn't really see an injury)

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Re: blonde mallard ?

Postby koonce727 » Wed Mar 13, 2013 3:57 pm

JON wrote:...and I'm pretty sure this is a "Silver Mallard" like the one Waterfowler was talking about...

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This bird to me has a lot color still. The chestnut chest and side pockets. Bird I shot had no color. All blacks whites and grays.

I would be curious to see the bird you mounted waterfowler. I haven't seen another like it. Took it to a bird specialist and all i got was a color mutation out of him.
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Re: blonde mallard ?

Postby The Waterfowler » Wed Mar 13, 2013 4:37 pm

Well he was right, it is a color mutation, but those mutations can vary. Many call it a phase of leucistic which can be anywhere from nearly all white to blonde or silver. I have only seen silver phases in drakes also.

Jon, I noticed the bill also. It could be from an injury or the fact that the mutation is a result of the weaker gene she carries.

Here's a Hen Greenwing in a leucistic coloration.

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Hen Ruddy.

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And here's another Silver Phase drake. Greenwinged Teal.
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Silver Mallard. They will vary.

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Re: blonde mallard ?

Postby koonce727 » Wed Mar 13, 2013 5:10 pm

The Waterfowler wrote:Well he was right, it is a color mutation, but those mutations can vary.

Clearly, my five year old could tell that. I was expecting more than what an amateur could come up with, being a self proclaimed specialist.

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Re: blonde mallard ?

Postby koonce727 » Wed Mar 13, 2013 5:12 pm

Beat me to the punch
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