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MALLARD DUCK IDENTIFICATION
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CHARLES JAN DUECKER    Posted 09-26-2003 at 18:08:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
TO COMPLETE OUR PARADISE IN THE COUNTRY, WE PURCHASED FOUR YOUNG MALLARDS FROM A MAN NEARBY WHO RAISES THEM FOR THE LOVE AND FUN OF IT.

AS THEY HAVE GROWN AND MATURED, WE NOW KNOW THAT WE HAVE TWO TYPICAL DRAKES WITH BRILLIANT GREEN HEADS, WHITE NECK RINGS AND A VERY OBVIOUS DRAKE TAIL FEATHER. ALSO A VERY TYPICAL HEN, SMALLER THAN THE DRAKES, BROWN AND WHITE AND VERY VOCAL.

NOW THE QUESTION, WE HAVE ANOTHER DRAKE, LARGE, PURPLEISH CHEST, BLUE STRIPE ON WINGS ETC. HOWEVER HIS HEAD IS BROWN WITH A LESS DISTIGUISHABLE NECK RING. OH YEAH, HE DOES HAVE A DRAKE TAIL FEATHER BUT IT TOO IS MUCH LESS DISTINGUISHABLE. CAN ANYONE TELL US A LITTLE MORE ABOUT THIS DRAKE. IF NECESSARY I WOULD BE GLAD TO TAKE A PICTURE AND POST IT (IF MY GRANDAUGHTER WILL HELP US!)

THANKS,

CHARLES & JAN


Two things come to mind..    Posted 09-27-2003 at 03:24:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
First is that it is a cross-bred duck...Mallards tend to cross with Black Ducks quite often...

Secondly, it may be just an immature plumage or an 'Eclipse' plumage...

See the link...

Salmoneye


BattleBorn    Posted 09-27-2003 at 00:09:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think you have a teal in the woodpile.
Paul.


Vic in Kenefick    Posted 09-26-2003 at 18:25:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds like you got yourselves a special duck. I would name him 38 after the 38 special bullett and tell everyone that he is your short range attack duck.


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