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Just mallard? (Northern Virginia, Nov. 27, 2020) (1 Viewer)

howiewu

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Hi, I took this picture today in Northern Virginia.

The male duck's head pattern seems interesting -- this was taken in the late afternoon, and the setting sun cast a warm tone. But still, you can see the two shades (green and purplish-red) of color in its head. I don't see any other traits that say it's not a mallard, so I assume it is "just" a mallard?

Thanks,
Howard
 

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raymie

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The head of a male Mallard can sometimes appear to be colors other than green depending on how the light hits it.
 

Joern Lehmhus

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In my opinion the cheeks and crown really are brown here and there is only a green iridescent patch starting behind the eye... so I think this might be a bird with a very little bit of Mottled duck or black duck ancestry a few generations in the past...

Imagine such a bird
- which may already be a backcross of a hybrid to mallard, backcrossing further to mallard
 
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