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    Hooded Merganser? Possible Hybrid?

    (Very very) broadly speaking, it's about how many pages they are apart in your field guide. Most field guides will say what family (or other grouping) a given species is part of.
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    Hooded Merganser? Possible Hybrid?

    Wild questions are just fine.
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    Hooded Merganser? Possible Hybrid?

    (Relative) size is not the point. It's the fact that mergansers and mallard are (as ducks go) fairly highly unrelated.
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    Hooded Merganser? Possible Hybrid?

    Normal hooded merganser. The tail-feathers are extremely worn, so I assume it's an adult in eclipse. Eclipse ducks of many species can look odd and confusing. (Don't quote me - because I know nothing about it - but I'd guess that a hybrid between any merganser species and mallard would be...
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