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Hi everyone, 

 

I genuinely do not know what species of duck this can be.  My reference materials and the research I've done on the net did not yield anything that looked similar.  I think it may not be a mature adult? Perhaps an immature female mallard?

 

Location: Northern Illinois. 

Date: July 5

Habitat: Riverfront, groomed park.  Mallard male and female ducks were also present.  Within the city limits of a mid-sized Fox River Valley town

Unknown Duck 1.JPG

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Looks like a domestic Mallard. This is definitely not a "normal" wild species, so this explains why your research did not yield anything. 

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I see.  I did not know there were domesticated versions of Mallards.  Nor would I have thought  they would be so comfortable in the "wild", so to speak. Thank you for the information. I'll have to try to get a crisper photo if I see her again. 

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1 minute ago, STUDAR said:

I see.  I did not know there were domesticated versions of Mallards.  Nor would I have thought  they would be so comfortable in the "wild", so to speak. Thank you for the information. I'll have to try to get a crisper photo if I see her again. 

Almost all domestic ducks come from Mallards (some come from Muscovies).

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