Date: 8/23/20 5:07 pm
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Help with confusing molting duck ID
The pale one is a hybrid with domestic duck. The head pattern is typical of
mongrel duck. And with that mix up of genes , where the overall whiteness
comes from, who knows?

Kurt Schwarz
Howard County

On Sun, Aug 23, 2020 at 8:02 PM Haninah Levine <haninah...> wrote:

> Hi all,
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> My friend asked for help IDing these two large ducks he spotted on the
> Alexandria waterfront. The darker one seems to be a male Mallard in molt,
> but the pale one has me stumped. The pale breast and dark head recall a
> male Northern pintail, presumably halfway to eclipse, but the time of year
> is wrong for a pintail in the DC area. I also considered a feral Muscovy
> duck, but the pink around the face is missing. Occam’s razor seems to
> suggest a female Mallard in some sort of atypical molt. Thoughts?
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> Thanks,
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