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Old Monday 2nd September 2019, 20:17   #1
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Sarasota, FL - need bird ID help

For the past couple of weeks, two birds that I can't identify have been hanging around a nearby pond (Sarasota, FL; September 2019). The unknown birds are roughly the size of adult mallards but are completely white with stubby wings (presumably not yet functional). My bird books haven't been helpful. I'm perplexed because the coloring of the mallard ducklings I've seen have been similar to adults, whereas these two birds are radically different. I'm also perplexed because these two birds are so large - if they are mallards shouldn't they have adult coloring?

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Old Monday 2nd September 2019, 20:20   #2
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Hi LikeFLBirds. Welcome to the Forum!

Your birds are some variant on domestic mallards. That's why they don't show the plumage of typical wild mallards.
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Domestic Mallards tend to be larger than the wild ones. Looks like they are still quite young.
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Thanks for the hint regarding domestication.

Based on size, perhaps my birds are domesticated Muscovy ducks. This would explain why the juveniles are so large.
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Thanks for the hint regarding domestication.

Based on size, perhaps my birds are domesticated Muscovy ducks. This would explain why the juveniles are so large.

No... these are not Muscovy. They are domestic Mallards as the others have said.
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Yep . One of the birds was eaten recently, perhaps by a coyote. The remaining bird is definitely a Pekin Duck. It's kind of sad to see the remaining bird without his/her constant companion. I'm afraid that the remaining bird isn't going to last long. S/he likes to hang out with the local mallards even though s/he sticks out like a sore thumb.
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