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Manky mallard maybe (1 Viewer)

Tired

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A mallard-like duck, seen at a park, with an unusual amount of white, is almost guaranteed to have at least some percentage of domestic mallard ancestry.
Really, any mallards you find at city parks are likely to be at least part domesticated bird. Aside from ducks occasionally escaping from farm or pet situations, people sometimes buy ducklings for Easter, then dump them when they start to get large and smelly. They breed from there.
 

Butty

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A mallard-like duck, seen at a park, with an unusual amount of white, is almost guaranteed to have at least some percentage of domestic mallard ancestry.
Any duck which looks, to any degree, like a domestic duck is genetically indistinguishable from a domestic duck. There is therefore no way to distinguish domestic ducks from ducks which have a 'percentage of domestic mallard ancestry'.
any mallards you find at city parks are likely to be at least part domesticated bird
No, many such will be fully wild-type birds.
 

eiguoc

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A mallard-like duck, seen at a park, with an unusual amount of white, is almost guaranteed to have at least some percentage of domestic mallard ancestry.
Really, any mallards you find at city parks are likely to be at least part domesticated bird. Aside from ducks occasionally escaping from farm or pet situations, people sometimes buy ducklings for Easter, then dump them when they start to get large and smelly. They breed from there.
I've seen this particular duck at Lynde Shores conservation area last year too. It stayed around for a couple of weeks then was gone. Don't know how long it will stay this year. Have also seen an abacot ranger , roen & muscovy there
 

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