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Old Saturday 3rd March 2012, 12:55   #1
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Red face Dabbling duck ID London

Found this duck amongst a flock of teal. Very dark cap and light face/breast compared to other teal. thought it may have been molting or a hybrid, but have found nothing in my books.

i will be pleased to hear any ideas as currently I have none. The only duck I can find with the dark cap is a Common scoter, which this certainly is'nt!
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Old Saturday 3rd March 2012, 13:31   #2
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Female Red-crested Pochard?
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Old Saturday 3rd March 2012, 13:41   #3
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Female Red-crested Pochard?
Thanks for the reply.
I thought it might be, though Pochards lack the teal mottling and have a flatter beak. The face certainly fits though, so it may be a hybrid with one.
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Old Saturday 3rd March 2012, 13:43   #4
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It's just a normal female Teal for me. Maybe the darker cap is a trick of the light, i'm not sure. Can't see anything to suggest hybrid or otherwise.
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The shape and general "feel" is fine for Teal.
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Agree that bill structure & general shape fit Teal better, just hadn't seen such a large dark cap on one before.
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Dark cap is a bit odd, maybe this thread may have something to do with it? http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=106619
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Old Saturday 3rd March 2012, 16:15   #8
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Thanks guys. It did look like a teal overall, but I just couldn't find an explanation for the dark cap.

Thanks especially to Essex tern, I will do some research on intersexes.

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Although the dark capped appearance does look a little odd, I can't really see any reason why this couldn't just be an effect of lighting - unless of course it was obvious at all times in the field.
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I did notice it at another point across the river, and have a blurred photo showing the same markings. Otherwise I would most likely agree.
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