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      Found a baby bird or a sick or injured bird?   07/11/17

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Photo taken San Diego Zoo, California.  Some wild ducks had made themselves at home in the Flamingo Pond.  April 2016

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11 hours ago, Snapshotbirder said:

Strikes me as a Mallard. Male in eclipse plumage maybe?

 

3 hours ago, JackieL said:

I was actually thinking mallard also but was hesitant to ring in. 

I was going through some older photos and looked at that and said "What???".   With blue and green feathers on the head I wasn't sure.  Thanks for the help.

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9 hours ago, TmCat5 said:

 

I was going through some older photos and looked at that and said "What???".   With blue and green feathers on the head I wasn't sure.  Thanks for the help.

Yeah Mallards can sometimes be pretty weird looking, even pure wild birds. I've more than once been excited about some cool duck only to have it be...a Mallard :/

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15 hours ago, JackieL said:

I was actually thinking mallard also but was hesitant to ring in. 

Same here.  It does look like a male Mallard in eclipse plumage, but in April?  Can that happen?

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4 hours ago, The Bird Nuts said:

Same here.  It does look like a male Mallard in eclipse plumage, but in April?  Can that happen?

That made me wonder too.  The photo was taken April 10th.  A hen and ducklings were nearby in another pond.  Maybe they are early in this particular area? Climate?

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I'm thinking this bird may have some domestic ancestry, or even hybrid? I agree -- April is wrong for eclipse plumage, and the location doesn't change that. He's also missing quite a bit of the wing -- that would make sense for molt, but again the timing's wrong. That suggests to me that this is a zoo bird, clipped to keep it from flying.

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1 hour ago, psweet said:

I'm thinking this bird may have some domestic ancestry, or even hybrid? I agree -- April is wrong for eclipse plumage, and the location doesn't change that. He's also missing quite a bit of the wing -- that would make sense for molt, but again the timing's wrong. That suggests to me that this is a zoo bird, clipped to keep it from flying.

Interesting.   There was another drake mallard in the pond with no signs of molting.

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