This different-looking duck hangs out with mallards and likely thinks he's one of them. But he's bigger and more colourful, so I suspect he's a hybrid.
Apparently mallards are "flooding the gene pool" of quite a few other duck varieties, but I have no idea what the other parent of this duck is. Any ideas?
I am linking to Saturday Critters HERE.
From a mixed marriage, eh. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Lindo e bela fotografia.
Um abraço e bom fim de semana.
Oh wow, he is a colorful Mallard hybrid. Lovely shot. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!
The result of a wild night of partying.
I'm afraid that many ducks and mallards can be somewhat promiscuous but I wouldn't like to guess this ones parenthood.
his colors are so beautiful he looks fake.. never seen anything like this one.. looks like he belongs in the tropics
Very colorful! What a capture!
Kind of looks like a cross between a mallard and a goose.
Lovely plumage - the colours are so pretty! I'm not too sure what other breed it could be, my duck knowledge isn't as strong as on some other bird species! - Tasha
I didn't even know this was possible...
Have you heard the expression, He's an odd duck." Well, there's his photo!
Have a great week-end!
Very funny and very cute and I hope this guy can make it with the mallards.
I didn't know mixed marriages were possible with ducks....
His colours make him look a bit exotic.
My thought was the same as Revrunner's if that is possible.
Now, isn't that an odd one!
What a pretty duck!
I have no idea, but that duck is beautiful!
all about evolving the species
I don't have an idea either, but he is SO colorful and beautiful!! I'm so glad you got a great pic and, as always, shared it with us!! Your captures are always a wonderful way to start my day, EG!! Thank you!! I hope you have a lovely weekend!!
Sorry EG, I'm no help in the 'gene pool' mystery :) Whatever the cross is it resulted in stunning colouration of the feathers here, the mix of aqua and deeper blue is too gorgeous!
É lindo, basta observar a iridescência de cores das penas!...
Ótimo fim de semana com tudo de bom!
He is a pretty bird but I wouldn't have guessed he is a hybrid. If you look at bird books that are twenty years old compared to ones now, there are a few birds that have hybridized over the years, like the red-naped sapsucker. Makes it a little tricky to id these guys. Have a great day!
I'd say he has part goose in his genes. Perhaps Egyptian Goose. Just a stab at his parentage, LOL. Thanks for sharing this interesting bird. Greetings, Jo
Gorgeous. Is that ice I spy?
Interesting. He's colourful.
Strange but colourful.
what a beauty! that peacockian coloration is sure unique for a duck!
How pretty! I'm glad they haven't run him off!
Very unusual indeed!
I don't have any idea other than what a beauty! I wouldn't mind seeing a few more.
Now that's one I haven't seen before! With all those amazing colors I'd half expect a peacock mixed in there somewhere.
Great capture! I know that a female cat can give birth to kittens and the kittens can be from different fathers, so there could be two or three fathers per litter. Perhaps the same can be said of ducks? I love the colours.
If he is bigger than a normal Mallard he may have mated with a goose but he is mainly Mallard
He is actually a beautiful looking bird despite of being different in size and coloring.
I´m as confused as you. He looks really weird for a duck :)
I have not idea, but the results are gorgeous!
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