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Odd Duck-wood duck hybrid? Some escaped domestic duck?

 
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Feb 02, 2018 21:31 |  #1

This one's a head scratcher. The colorful bill, white on the cheek and the way he's holding his tail make me think of a wood duck(and the size was close, 70-80% the size of the mallards in the area). Would probably be a pretty bird with feathers in better condition. Found it in a park in my area(NC Iowa) where people spend a lot of time feeding the ducks, and released domestics aren't uncommon.

Edit-got a reply though another forum that it's a feral Muscovy.

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Feb 05, 2018 17:10 |  #2

It looks like a Muscovy duck.




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Feb 05, 2018 19:59 as a reply to Dano_nav's post |  #3

This sounds right. Have seen Muscovy ducks with a number of color variations in CA.




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Feb 06, 2018 22:10 as a reply to Loren E's post |  #4

Thanks-the only thing that confuses me is the size-I thought possibly Muscovy when I initially saw the duck, but it doesn't seem big enough. Like I said, it was smaller than the mallards, and all the known Muscovys I have seen were a lot bigger-near medium Canada goose size. Is their size that variable? The smaller size is why I was thinking it might be a hybrid of some type.




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Feb 07, 2018 10:05 as a reply to Shackleton's post |  #5

"True" Muscovy ducks exist in the wild from farthest South Texas down into Central and South America. What are seen in parks and other areas throughout North America are various hybrids and domesticated versions. Those birds are incredibly variable, and while often referred to as Muscovy Ducks are not really a specific species.




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Feb 07, 2018 16:49 as a reply to Markmcc's post |  #6

Thanks-That clears it up a lot! In any case, it was something I didn't expect to see.




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