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I saw these birds back in December at a park in Northern New Jersey. I knew I had ring-billed, but I just noticed the duck in the middle, without the "ring". I'm not certain what that is.. any help would be greatly appreciated.

 

 

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10 minutes ago, Birding Boy said:

The center Duck looks like a Lesser Scaup. You’re right about the rest, just FYI even though it doesn’t make sense, they’re called Ring-necked, not billed ?

I’m kinda thinking Scaup x Ringer hybrid. What say ye?

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5 minutes ago, Seanbirds said:

I’m kinda thinking Scaup x Ringer hybrid. What say ye?

The gray part of the back is not very dark, and the bill pattern does not have the pale ring of Ring-necked - I think it’s just a regular Lesser Scaup

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2 minutes ago, AlexHenry said:

The gray part of the back is not very dark, and the bill pattern does not have the pale ring of Ring-necked - I think it’s just a regular Lesser Scaup

Thanks. IDK, this just seems like the weirdest-looking Scaup I’ve ever seen.

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14 hours ago, Charlie Spencer said:

Probably because no one has applied the ‘Female’ tag to any photos of this hybrid.  Do you get results if you filter for ‘Male’?

Yes, 54 hits (so about 1/6 of the total photos in the library). I think you're right that people haven't bothered tagging them, but also @Kevinis likely right that they're just harder to find. There are a couple in the first page of the search (e.g.) but they seem to be in the minority. (ETA: I'm not even sure how you'd tell that's a hybrid in the field in that linked example.)

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8 hours ago, PaulK said:

I'm not even sure how you'd tell that's a hybrid in the field in that linked example.

Just taking a quick look at the photos of the males they all appear to have a partially or completely truncated shoulder spur (as well as other markings such as the taller head profile) making ID fairly straightforward.

I suspect the females are much trickier due to the less distinct plumage and are missed most of the time (I didn't spot any photos of a lone female identified as a hybrid).

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2 hours ago, RobinHood said:

Just taking a quick look at the photos of the males they all appear to have a partially or completely truncated shoulder spur (as well as other markings such as the taller head profile)

Ha, looking again it's the rightmost male in that example I chose that's the hybrid. Yeesh.

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