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Melanistic Mallard???
« on: April 06, 2012, 08:19:02 AM »
I saw this mallard in Riverfront Park while walking to work yesterday.  I only had my iphone to take the picture.  I really wish I would have had my nice camera.  It looks really cool.  I also wish I could have it stuffed and on my mantle.  Anyone else ever seen a dark duck like this?  Is it a rare genetic thing, or is this some other species like the melanistic pheasant?

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Re: Melanistic Mallard???
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2012, 08:21:11 AM »
looks like a cayuga, domestic breed.
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Re: Melanistic Mallard???
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2012, 08:28:11 AM »
That's a Park Duck. :hello:

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Re: Melanistic Mallard???
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2012, 12:25:04 PM »
I wish people would stop releasing their pet ducks into public parks. :bdid: :bdid: :bdid:

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Re: Melanistic Mallard???
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2012, 03:16:36 PM »
Does it come running at a bag of wonder bread?  Looks like a park duck.
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Re: Melanistic Mallard???
« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2012, 05:30:28 PM »
"parking" For a trophy farm/park duck :chuckle: :chuckle: :chuckle: Just hope it doesn't breed into the wild population.
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Re: Melanistic Mallard???
« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2012, 10:23:32 AM »
There is one that lives at Klineline Pond in Vancouver.


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Re: Melanistic Mallard???
« Reply #7 on: April 08, 2012, 10:27:52 AM »
I'm getting a melenistic hen mallard mounted right now but she is pure blonde not black like that.. :dunno:

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Re: Melanistic Mallard???
« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2012, 10:31:49 AM »
Looks like a fat Cayuga as stated.

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Re: Melanistic Mallard???
« Reply #9 on: April 08, 2012, 12:36:20 PM »
I'm getting a melenistic hen mallard mounted right now but she is pure blonde not black like that.. :dunno:

That would be a leucistic mallard, which is the opposite of a melanistic one.  Melanin is the dark pigment, a melanistic bird has an overabundance of the pigment, a leucistic bird has a lack of the pigment but is not an albino.  FYI 

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Re: Melanistic Mallard???
« Reply #10 on: April 08, 2012, 01:21:15 PM »
lueistic is like the one on the top of the pile....this one is mallard hen.....they are kinda a cream white....

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Re: Melanistic Mallard???
« Reply #11 on: April 08, 2012, 02:23:39 PM »
I'm getting a melenistic hen mallard mounted right now but she is pure blonde not black like that.. :dunno:

That would be a leucistic mallard, which is the opposite of a melanistic one.  Melanin is the dark pigment, a melanistic bird has an overabundance of the pigment, a leucistic bird has a lack of the pigment but is not an albino.  FYI

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Re: Melanistic Mallard???
« Reply #12 on: April 08, 2012, 10:16:19 PM »
THere is a melanistic mallard flying around the north gap of Selah by the firing center exit.   I've seen him like three times.    He could have crossed, not sure but the way he wings etc, it looks more mallard than Cayuga.    Fiaherman of the Yakima (below Roza) probably have seen him.  He likes that stretch of river.

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Re: Melanistic Mallard???
« Reply #13 on: April 08, 2012, 10:33:57 PM »

Looks like a Dock Mallard,


 just like this one:



 





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Re: Melanistic Mallard???
« Reply #14 on: April 09, 2012, 07:05:54 AM »
you killed someones pet :chuckle:   

 


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