Date: 1/30/18 8:04 am
From: Robert O'Brien <baro...>
Subject: [obol] Duck ID Help
In previous centuries the wild mallard Was simply called "The Wild Duck" To
distinguish it from these guys. Bob O'Brien

On Monday, January 29, 2018, Wayne Hoffman <whoffman...> wrote:
> Hi -
> Lars is correct. It is a domestic breed of mallard. I do not see any
evidence of other species involved. A variety of waterfowl have been
domesticated, but three species, Mallard, Graylag Goose, and Swan Goose
were have been in domestication much longer and have yielded a surprising
diversity of breeds. This is one of several that were bred for very large
size, among other traits. Useful for a particularly large Turduckin?
> Wayne
> On 1/29/2018 6:08:33 PM, Lars Per Norgren <larspernorgren...>
> *
> This is a domestic Mallard. Maybe a pure breed, maybe a mongrel. Lars
> On Jan 29, 2018, at 5:40 PM, Megan Cash wrote:
> So, My dad and I were birding the pond at Canby Community Park this
afternoon around 3:00pm. Now, normally my dad and I are pretty decent at
ID-ing birds. But this one threw us for a loop. My first thought was a
really awkward Mallard, and it may yet still be. It was completely brown,
with it's head a darker brown (sometimes slightly purplish in the right
light) and a green-gray wing patch. The distribution of the colors seems
closely consistent with a Mallard, with the head being very dark, a brown
chest with a slight white neck ring in between the two (though not complete
on this bird), the wing patch and a darker rear-end. It's bill also screams
"Duck" to me despite it being a dark grey - sometimes blue-ish - and it's
legs are dark orange.
> That being said, maybe it's a Mallard that just has a really awkward
coloring the likes of which I've never seen, but it's size was a bit
ridiculous. It was at least half again as big as the Mallards around it,
almost a decent Cackling Goose size, especially when standing. For some
reason when I look at it, the head screams "Duck" but the body screams
"Goose". I guess it's quite possible for it to simply be an abnormally
large, for lack of a better term "dark-morph" Mallard. Maybe this bird has
been seen around and nobody really reported anything about it because they
clearly knew what it was and didn't think it particularly interesting, but
this bird just has me so insanely confused. Fortunately, I got quite a few
decent pictures, but I would appreciate a little help. Please.
> Here's the link to my pictures on Flickr if anyone wants to see them, or
use them to help ID:
> --
> -Megan Cash
> Newberg, OR

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