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Domestic Mallard or Mallard x Muscovy hybrid?

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Old Friday 5th January 2018, 18:01   #1
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Domestic Mallard or Mallard x Muscovy hybrid?

These three ducks are continuing birds at one of our city hotspots. I never saw them this close and always assumed that they are just three domestic mallards. However, in this close-up picture the middle white bird shows unusual bill color and head shape is different than in the right-hand white bird (which is certainly pure domestic mallard). Is it possible that the middle bird is Mallard x Muscovy hybrid?
The wild-colored bird is one of these extra-large domestic mallards, the white birds are somewhat smaller. The trio is always together.
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Old Friday 5th January 2018, 18:35   #2
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All look good for “pure” domestic Mallard to me.
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Old Saturday 6th January 2018, 00:03   #3
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That's what I'm thinking too, all Mallards.
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Old Saturday 6th January 2018, 04:25   #4
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Agree- no Muscovy influence.
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Old Saturday 6th January 2018, 18:23   #5
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Thank you! It is a relief as I already reported all three birds as domestic mallards in several Big Day-type censuses. They tend to swim farther away from the bank so I never saw them this clear.
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Old Thursday 11th January 2018, 20:35   #6
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Update: the next time I visited the area I made more pictures of these ducks and the blue-beaked duck has curved uppertail feathers characteristic of male mallard :-)
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