Re: Camera and ducks

Subject: Re: Camera and ducks
Date: Wed, 9 Feb 2005 09:29:23 +1100

We seem to have domestic duck thread happening.  The ducks in question are of Mallard origin but probably not Mallards per se. but a breed derivative (most likely a mongrel breed derivative).  

Anthea suggest Cayuga but this isn't correct.  Cayugas are essentially black - the males never show any white while females become whiter with age.  I suggest those interested have a look at  If you delete the /Cayuga bit you will get a selection of duck breeds.

The birds in the photos show a typically "mallard-like" plumage which is exhibited in a whole range of domestic duck breeds (you can get Mallard coloured Indian Runners!).  My best bet is that, as they are most likely dumped birds - they are mongrels (much as most dumped kittens are mongrels).

This brings up an interesting point for those who keep lists.  Is a mongrel domestic duck tickable as a mallard or can you only tick those birds that are "real" mallards.  Again, go to the above website to see the variety of domestic ducks that are out there.


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