very black duck

To: Philip Veerman <>
Subject: very black duck
From: John Harris <>
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2016 21:38:56 +0000
Thanks Philip. In the absence of a better thought, you are probably right. It seemed too pure looking to be a hybrid but seems that is what it is. Far too cleanly black I think to be a straight mallard. Interesting bird actually.

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From: Philip Veerman <>
Sent: Sunday, 17 July 2016 11:14:02 PM
To: John Harris; 'chatline'
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] very black duck

My guess is a hybrid Pacifica Black Duck cross with a Mallard, if not just a Mallard, which domestics can be anything from white to black through a gradation of browns.  




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Sent: Sunday, 17 July, 2016 5:23 PM
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Subject: [canberrabirds] very black duck




There is a very black duck in Yerrabi pond.  Very black, no obvious mottling, slight teal sheen on neck and hint of teal under wing feathers. I thought maybe the American Black Duck, Anas rubripes, but the ones I have seen before were less black, like a darker version of our Pacific Black Duck. This one was swimming and taking bread with the hundreds of coots, only distinguishable from them at a distance by its larger duck size (and black bill). I am sure someone more knowledgable than me will tell me it is obviously duck X or Y, so please do!




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