Hybird Wood Duck x Mallard (Aix sponsa x Anas platyrhynchos), Gilbert Water Ranch, Maricopa County
This apparent hybrid Wood Duck x
Mallard was photographed by Bernie Howe on 17 May 2015.
It has been reported from this location since at least
December of 2014.
On this hybrid duck, the long tail, hint of a crest,
and odd bill pattern and shape are all reminiscent of a
Wood Duck. Mallard as the second parent is suggested by
the mostly green head, black tail coverts with paler
tail, and hint of a curl on the tail feathers. The white
in the plumage strongly suggests a domestic breed of
Mallard was involved. Although this combination would by
unlikely in the wild, waterfowl fanciers have been able
to cross a variety of species, and this bird was likely
bred in captivity.
17 May 2015, photo by Bernie HoweAll photos are copyrighted© by photographer
Submitted on 18 May 2015