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Should be easy to ID these waterbirds in SoCal? (1 Viewer)


I feel like these should be easy to ID, but I'm just a bit confused.

Location: San Dimas, CA (southern California)

Ducks: In the water picture, I'm confused about the two larger ducks, who were clearly a bonded pair. Originally, I thought the one on the left was a Mallard, but it looks larger than the other male Mallard in the pic and is also missing its white neckband. The light brown one on the right -- is that a Cinnamon Teal? Some hybrid? It had a gray beak and bright orange legs.

Geese: Are those simply called "Domestic Geese" or do they have another name?"

Thank you!


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The larger ducks are domestic Mallard type, possibly with 'Rouen' duck in them. There are no geese in #2 they are all domestic ducks and American Coot, The ducks in #2 with an upright stance are 'Runner' type duck


Except for the coots, all the birds in both photos are domestic Mallards (or domestic Mallard/wild Mallard back-crosses) which come in a great variety of shapes, sizes and colors.

More info here--

Thank you so much, Archerboy61 and fugl! Very helpful replies. That link on "manky mallards" was great too. Clears up the confusion. Didn't realize there were so many variations of mallards out there!
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