This duck was hanging around with a group of Mallards and my first thought was that it was probably a domestic escapee. But then I noticed its curled tail feathers and that made me wonder if it could be a white Mallard?
Yes its probably a mallard/domestic duck hybrid.
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In reply to Shane:
The curly tail means its a male.
And agree with domestic duck
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In reply to Barnsley lad:
It's a white Mallard, AND (almost certainly) a domestic escapee. Most domestic ducks are pure Mallard, just selectively bred to develop certain traits, whether colour, size or shape :)
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In reply to aiki:
Thanks all. Does only the drake Mallard have the curly tail feathers? I can't say I've noticed them on other species.
In reply to see gull:
Yes, only male Mallards have the curls. When Mallards hybridise with other duck species, the male offspring often have somewhat upturned tail feathers but not the tight curl.
Here's a link to a photo of a male Mallard x Pintail hybrid: http://www.bobsteelephoto.com/Images/Species_Images/mall_nopi/mall_nopi_D4213.jpg
and a male Wigeon x Mallard: http://www.flickr.com/photos/33236701@N07/3187797186/lightbox/
Fascinating pics Aiki, thanks.
They're not fussy, Mallards, are they? :)
They're really not! They have been known to hybridise with 69 other bird species, including some geese (!) as well as nearly all duck species.
In reply to tommckibbin:
Maybe so but it's still basically a Mallard.
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