[Tweeters] Duck ID

retief at deweydrive.com retief at deweydrive.com
Tue Aug 9 13:39:17 PDT 2011

Thank you, and the others, who so graciously replied without calling me a dummy
for knowing :-).

You have all provided me with a bunch of good reading, and an education as

If I understand this correctly then, this bird could be an "escapee", or just a
result of a mating by a bird on the fly with a domestic bird? This is pretty
interesting reading, I never really thought about "Designer Ducks" before, but
why not, since we now have "Designer Dogs".

When this occurs, finding one in the wild this way, do they then breed true, or
do they just get mixed into the gene pool and what shows up, shows up?
Obviously this bird did not have any problem with finding a mate.

Quoting Angela Percival <angela at stillwatersci.com>:

> There are many well-established domestic breeds of duck, just as there

> are chickens.

> http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/Ducks/BRKDucks.html


> Your bird looks like a Duclair or Black Swedish

> http://volaillepoultry.pagesperso-orange.fr/canard2.html#Duclair

> "It is easy to get black ducks with a white dewlap by crossing Rouen

> type ducks with black or white breeds. It is then necessary to select

> the ducks obtained to get subjects which will conform to the standard."


> Here is a fun site on what the Brits call "Manky Mallards"

> http://10000birds.com/manky-mallards-domestic-feral-or-just-plain-odd-ma

> llards.htm

> And a related site on wild duck hybrids

> http://10000birds.com/hybrid-mallards.htm


> Angela Percival

> Angela at stillwatersci dot com

> Olympia, WA


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> Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2011 15:48:17 -0500

> From: retief at deweydrive.com

> Subject: [Tweeters] Need Duck ID help please

> To: tweeters at u.washington.edu

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> Now, you might ask, why would identifying a Duck be difficult? Well,

> because I

> can't find a picture that looks like this one that has ID information.

> Here

> are some images:


> http://www.deweydrive.com/gallery2/gallery2/v/Nature/album06/Unidentifie

> dDuck/


> >From looking around via Google, I think this is some Mallard/Domestic

> cross, but

> I figured I'd ask here for some ID help just so I understand this a bit

> better.

> This was from the Everett boat ramp a few weeks ago.


> Thanks in advance.


> Bill Dewey

> www.thefocusedeye.com

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