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9 hours ago, AlexHenry said:

I believe those three birds are all domestic-type Mallards.

I agree with the drakes, but the hen looks like a leucistic wild-type Mallard.

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I just wanted to say, unless you know all the breed traits of these domestic breeds, I think it's best not to put a label on them because they could be mixes of domestic breeds or mixes of wild and domestic.  The same goes for other animals, like chickens - farmers breed two or more breeds all the time.  It's kind of like someone calling my mixed-breed dog a husky just because she has triangular, erect ears and is a domestic dog.  Birders tend to try to identify everything to species or breed and I am guilty of this.

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@Kerri I realize you were only saying that the ducks in the OP's picture have characteristics of the Swedish Blue breed, but I just want to make sure no one thought you were saying they are pure Swedish Blues.

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