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I would like to know the the proper name of duck. I am just getting into bird and duck identification, I have photos and verifying correct names. Thanks, This was in a pond this winter NE Pa,

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This is a female Mallard. The white borders on the blue speculum (that's the brightly colored part of a duck's wing, on the secondary feathers) and the orange bill with a dark saddle are good things to look for.

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And the dark patch on the bill says female, also.

Oops... see PSweet covered that:) And with better language, no less:)

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And the dark patch on the bill says female, also.

Oops... see PSweet covered that:) And with better language, no less:)

Thanks I thought brown duck by my guide

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This is a female Mallard. The white borders on the blue speculum (that's the brightly colored part of a duck's wing, on the secondary feathers) and the orange bill with a dark saddle are good things to look for.

I appreciate that should have been simple but I thought brown by guide

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Thanks I thought brown duck by my guide

What guide are you using? May I suggest an early birthday/anniversary/easter/weekend present in the form of a new guide.

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I'd recommend the Sibley's Guide to Birds, it's a bit large, but has excellent drawings and clear labels.

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