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Odd mallard from river Lech / Austria (1 Viewer)


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Hello all,

this female duck I can't really come to terms with. It has been present in a group of mallards (~ 20 birds) for the last couple of months.

Picture from autumn last year

picture from yesterday

It is on the smaller side for a mallard. The most distinctive feature is the green specullum.
The rather open facial expression and the dark bill with orange patches at the base remind me somewhat of a teal.
The legs are rather dull orange-yellow. Otherwise it looks like a typical mallard.

During feeding the bird is continuously harassed by the more typical mallards.

The group is regularly visited by a drake Mallard / Pintail hybrid which is also harassed by the typical Mallards.


Could the female bird in question be a female Mallard / Pintail hybrid (supposedly sibling of the drake) or even a second generation hybrid fathered by the drake hybrid?

Does anyone feel tempted to comment?

Kind regards from Austria

By the way this is what a drake Mallard / Pintail hybrid looks like in eclipse plumage:


Joern Lehmhus

Well-known member
Yes, I think the female bird has indeed Northern pintail genes.

As first generation female hybrids between the two species in several cases I know had a greyer ground color of the bill, I am wondering if this bird could be a backcross of as hybrid Northern pintail x Mallard to Mallard.

here are some female birds which are most likely first generation hybrids Northern Pintail x Mallard:

Bemerkung zur Beobachtung - www.ornitho.de

But as hybrids in general tend to be more variable than pure species , it may well be a first generation hybrid

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