Mystery duck

Hi there,

Saw this a couple of months ago in West Sussex. Been puzzling about it but cannot work it out.

Any thoughts?

Thanks,

Joff

  • Hi there,

    The duck in the image looks like a male Pintail duck ( I may be wrong). Pintails are localised species, ocurring at sheltered coasts and estuaries.

    It's a "quarry" species, meaning it can be legally shot in the winter, however, this does not appear to affect their population status in the UK.

    Their diet is mostly plants and invertebrates.

    Hope this helps.

    CB. x
  • In reply to CuriousBirdie:

    CuriousBirdie said:
    The duck in the image looks like a male Pintail duck ( I may be wrong).

    It's definitely not a Pintail. I think it's one of the unkindly called Manky Mallards. The curly tail betrays its origin I think. These are birds that have been selectively bred for domestic purposes from the original wild Mallard. There are some weird and wonderful specimens.

    Not sure what this one is but it could be a Blue Swedish. Peruse the link above to see what you think. 

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  • That's really interesting. I had never heard of these. Thanks for the link.