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Ryan Bushong

Mexican/American Black Duck

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Hi all,
I saw this pair earlier today in the mountains of CO. Pretty sure this is a MEDU, but it is very dark blackish-brown versus the brown with rufous tones that I am familiar with in MEDU. Also, I'm not really seeing the internal markings on the body feathers. Date and location strongly support MEDU, as does the buffy throat/head versus cold grayish. Thanks!

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Just to clarify, the first and third pictures are of the male in question, while the second is of the female associating with it. 

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The buffy aspect to the head suggests the possibility of Mottled genes, as does the short eyeline. The male is an ugly bird that I'd be leery of pigeon-holing into a particular species entry. I suggest Mexican/Mottled (or whatever the eBird entry is). From the few eBird photos from the region, west Texas seems to have a plethora of Mexican x Mottled. What a mess!

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Posted (edited)
1 hour ago, Tony Leukering said:

The male is an ugly bird ...

His Mama loves him.

Yeah, 'ugly' from an identification angle.  I don't know where the line is between 'challenging' and 'ugly' but he's way over it.

Edited by Charlie Spencer
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