That looks exactly like the hybrid Mallard x 'Pekin Duck' or 'Dutch Quaker' or white domestic duck (whichever you want to call it) we have at Prospect Park in Brooklyn, NY. Slightly larger than pure Mallard.
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From: Jane Stein <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Saturday, 7 January 2012, 19:02
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Green-winged Teal
Boy, that is one strange-looking duck!
I'm not an expert in either leucism or hybrid ducks, but I'm not sure that leucism produces this kind of washed-out looking color. On the other hand, hybrid ducks of various kinds aren't uncommon, and Mallards in particular seem to be eager to mate with anything that moves at any time of year, wild or domestic, and the results aren't always identifiable. Many of these hybrids are capable of breeding success, so you can get 2nd and maybe even later hybrid generations that are impossible to identify.
Here's an interesting Web site page with a collection of pictures of Mallard hybrids-- http://10000birds.com/hybrid-mallards.htm
And another page from the same Web site on hybrid teal-- http://10000birds.com/hybrid-teals.htm
And if you do a Google image search for "hybrid + duck," you get quite a collection of strange-looking critters.
On 1/7/2012 6:20 PM, cynthia crawford wrote:
> Here are photos of a female Green-winged Teal seen today at Kendal Station
> Road in Norwich. It was with a group of resident mallards. Apparently very
> rare at this time of year in Vermont.
> (seen 1/7/2012)
> There is also a peculiar hybrid there, that I called a black duck hybrid,
> but it isn't really clear what it is. One person thinks it's a leucistic
> black duck. That makes sense to me. Seen several times with the resident
> The smaller mallard-like duck is a mystery to me- maybe someone can
> identify it?
> Seen 1/1/2012
> Cynthia Crawford