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Is this a female mallard?
Posted By: OrenMc, 05-08-2010, 06:09 AM

I'm pretty sure it is but the coloring is much different than the typical female mallard. I was wondering if it is a cross with a domesticated duck?


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I've seen this before... a friend took a shot of a similar female around the Vancouver area. I believe it is some kind of recessive gene in mallards....kind of like being a blond.
I don't think she is albino as she doesn't have the red eye.
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Definitely a mallard... Definitely an interesting coloration.
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Seems like its either a domesticated mallard or half (one parent was domesticated the other wild).

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Thanks for the responses guys! I've seen a few like this from time to time and they are really quite pretty.
I'ld sure like to find out which it is, a gene or a hybrid. I don't ever recall seeing any like this when I lived in Idaho along the Snake River, a migrational flyway. I am leaning more toward the cross with a domesticated duck this being a much more populated area.
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Dang, blondes always have more fun.
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Can't see bill nor leg so can't be definitive.

Could be a "bleached" female Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera.

They have been known to bleach out this way.

A common duck of the Pacific coast.

Whatever it is it's pretty isn't it?
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Dang, blondes always have more fun.


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Can't see bill nor leg so can't be definitive.

Could be a "bleached" female Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera.

They have been known to bleach out this way.

A common duck of the Pacific coast.

Whatever it is it's pretty isn't it?
Thanks for the suggestion wildman, I guess I wll have to do a little more research.
It was hanging out with a male mallard thus the reason to think its a malard though.

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Could be a "bleached" female Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera.
That "wing flash" is pure Mallard even if it is discolored and the eye line seems to confirm that. Coupled with the general shape makes it a Mallard. I'd love to have one like that on my lake... She'd be a "model", without doubt.
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