Sunday, April 10, 2016

Odd Mallard

We were greeted in Andover, Kansas, on 16 March 2016, by this odd, female Mallard. Mallards escaped from captivity often show strange plumages. Mallards will also hybridize with just about any other duck. George Lowery, Jr., delighted telling his students that, if nothing else was available, drake Mallards will mate with fence posts. This Mallard’s white supercilliary is reminiscent of a Garganey, a European species occasionally seen in North America. I wonder if some ancient Garganey genes have resurfaced in this domestic duck.

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