No doubt (i.e. almost certainly) a hybrid, probably female, from the ‘mallard group’ (includes domestic strains). This might be the same bird as shown on left here (West Belconnen Pond April 2017). The bird
on the right might have more PBD genetic material, but might be a female (mallard x domestic strain).
I do not know whether there is any confirmed mallard/PBD breeding in the wild locally. You’d need a real duck specialist.
From: John Harris [
Sent: Friday, 11 May 2018 10:30 AM
To: COG Chatline
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Re: Information & ID of a Duck?
Just a guess really, but could it be a PB Duck cross with something exotic?
For a long time there was a domestic duck swimming with the PB Ducks in Crace Pond and last year a different domestic duck was associating with PB Ducks in Ginnindera Creek behind our place. The fact that this duck is associating and seemingly
paired with a native duck hints to me that it might have a native parent and an escaped domestic parent. Am I way off the mark, my learned COG duck expert colleagues?
From: Julie Clark <>
Date: Friday, 11 May 2018 at 9:48 am
To: chatline <>
Subject: [canberrabirds] Re: Information & ID of a Duck?
As a follow-up to my request last night someone queried the size of the mystery duck, so here is a further email with photos of the black duck & other, as well as
a flight shot ....
This may help with size. They swam together everywhere, despite lots of other ducks around and they flew off together when no other ducks flew. I am sure they were together.
On Thu, May 10, 2018 at 10:41 PM, Julie Clark <> wrote:
A visitor to Canberra has sent me these photos and would appreciate comments or information about the photographed duck.
His message is also included:
I was in Canberra this week and saw an unusual duck in the company of a Pacific Black Duck. They swam together and flew off together when a fisherman cast his line at them despite
seeing me trying to get a photo.
Can you put this image to Canberra Birds forum and ask if they have seen this duck? I presume it’s just a different colour. It was photographed by me yesterday (Wed) at Yarralumla
Bay in front of the ADFA Boatshed.
Sorry about the quality of the images.
Thanks for any feedback.
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