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Is one or both of these a suspected Mallard x Mottled Duck Hybrid, or a Mallard.


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I'm violating my billionth promise not to bring up this subject again, but I can't help myself.¬† ūüôā¬† I've submitted 374 photos to Ebird and this this is the only one with an "unconfirmed " status.¬† I counted and reported both birds as Mottled Ducks.¬† Assuming some of you agree with the status, what characteristic or characteristics differentiate the true bird species with my claim?

Also, was this most-likely flagged by AI, or a human volunteer?

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/412360631?_gl=1*ymp9et*_ga*MTY0ODQ5Mjk1Ni4xNjQwNzIwNzk3*_ga_QR4NVXZ8BM*MTY0ODE3MjU1Ny40Ni4xLjE2NDgxNzM2MDcuNDg.#_ga=2.47617824.665653704.1647120455-1648492956.1640720797

 

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Your link doesn't work for me.

Don't know much about southern ducks but the male looks OK to me for Mottled, the female maybe a Mallard/Mottled hybrid (the two tone bill and quite dark overall). The tagging possibly by a birder who noticed the female.

Mainly a bump so wait for experts.

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3 hours ago, RobinHood said:

Your link doesn't work for me.

Don't know much about southern ducks but the male looks OK to me for Mottled, the female maybe a Mallard/Mottled hybrid (the two tone bill and quite dark overall). The tagging possibly by a birder who noticed the female.

Mainly a bump so wait for experts.

I'm guessing the link only works for me because of the unconfirmed status, but the embedded pic hack that we all use still works.

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The male looks good for a pure mottled. Short eyeline, gape spot and overall coloring.
As for Bill color in pure female mottled ducks - The Louisiana Texas subspecies have bills completely indistinguishable from female mallards. The Florida subspecies have bills that can range from a solid dull drab olive color to completely indistinguishable from a female  Mallard. Bill color is never of any help in distinguishing pure from hybrid in mottled. However, the female has no gape spot which means it is for sure not a pure mottled. Also, the eyeline is too long and there appears to be white in the tail. 

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