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Anyone seen this before

Postby WillFultz » Sun Oct 13, 2013 9:06 am

Anyone seen this before?
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Postby Blackcloud870 » Sun Oct 13, 2013 10:23 am

Yep. We see a few with odd white discolorations every year. But that one has a bit more than most. Neat bird man :thumbsup:
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Postby jaysweet3 » Tue Oct 15, 2013 5:52 am

I forget, but that coloring is caused by some kind of distress throughout the year. Some sickness that they get. At least that what someone in the honey hole said a few years ago. So take it for what it's worth.
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Postby malrdmasher » Tue Oct 15, 2013 8:01 am

Every year. Saw two green heads like that last season. One was white all the way up its neck. I heard it was a genetic trait. Image
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Postby SPatrick » Tue Oct 15, 2013 6:32 pm

That greenhead is just a young of the year bird, or not in full plumage yet. For the honker that is a mutation in color. Some folks believe it means an old bird, in reality just a color mutation. Pretty cool one though.
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Postby Feelin' Fowl » Wed Oct 16, 2013 12:00 am

SPatrick wrote:That greenhead is just a young of the year bird, or not in full plumage yet. For the honker that is a mutation in color. Some folks believe it means an old bird, in reality just a color mutation. Pretty cool one though.


Could it be color mutation in the mallard? If it can for the goose, why not the mallard?

Not trying to start a fight...just asking. I've never seen it.
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Postby Elvis Kiwi » Wed Oct 16, 2013 1:38 am

it heard that blonds have more fun so was playing with peroxide :no:
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Re: Anyone seen this before

Postby malrdmasher » Wed Oct 16, 2013 6:35 am

Mallard was shot December last year. IL northern zone. Opening weeks I expect lack of plumage. Come December they are all plumaged here
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Postby SPatrick » Wed Oct 16, 2013 7:54 am

Feelin' Fowl wrote:
SPatrick wrote:That greenhead is just a young of the year bird, or not in full plumage yet. For the honker that is a mutation in color. Some folks believe it means an old bird, in reality just a color mutation. Pretty cool one though.


Could it be color mutation in the mallard? If it can for the goose, why not the mallard?

Not trying to start a fight...just asking. I've never seen it.


Im not saying it can't happen in mallards, obviously you see mutations with blonde mallards, however in that one, it is a young of the year bird, that is not in full plumage. You are correct that most of the time ducks by that time of year are fully plumed, however last year was a weird year, there was some very late hatches of birds, and that happens to be one. I can tell by not only the head, but the coloration of the rest of the body. If I could see the secondary feathers I would be able to prove it to you.
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Postby malrdmasher » Wed Oct 16, 2013 10:37 am

Ya it was weird last season. December hunt in a long sleeve t shirt. Check these guys out. They return to the same pond for past three years ImageImageImage
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Re: Anyone seen this before

Postby Feelin' Fowl » Wed Oct 16, 2013 6:04 pm

SPatrick wrote:
Feelin' Fowl wrote:
SPatrick wrote:That greenhead is just a young of the year bird, or not in full plumage yet. For the honker that is a mutation in color. Some folks believe it means an old bird, in reality just a color mutation. Pretty cool one though.


Could it be color mutation in the mallard? If it can for the goose, why not the mallard?

Not trying to start a fight...just asking. I've never seen it.


Im not saying it can't happen in mallards, obviously you see mutations with blonde mallards, however in that one, it is a young of the year bird, that is not in full plumage. You are correct that most of the time ducks by that time of year are fully plumed, however last year was a weird year, there was some very late hatches of birds, and that happens to be one. I can tell by not only the head, but the coloration of the rest of the body. If I could see the secondary feathers I would be able to prove it to you.


Good enough for me. You see a hell of a lot more birds than I do!
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Re: Anyone seen this before

Postby KillerKowalski » Wed Oct 16, 2013 6:28 pm

That Greenhead definitely is nuptial plumage not completed.
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