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Hybrid Black Bellied Whistling Duck?

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Photos taken today south of Houston Texas. This duck is part of a larger mixed flock of domestic mallards at a local Park. I was wondering about the yellow on the beak? Also, the tip looks like it was bitten and regrew? Could that cause the yellowing on the beak? Thanks.

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It's completely normal for adult Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks to have yellow behind the nasal nares and a bluish nail. The amount of yellow is very variable, and on your bird, there's just a little more of this color extending farther down the culmen.

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