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Hi.  New to the birding game and have been trying to identify every bird I photograph. Came across these two ducks today - they are shaped like mallards, but the colors are too tawny.  Seen together at Willow Lake in Flushing Meadows Park, Queens NY at 3pm on Sunday, April 19.  Wading/Swimming/Eating bread someone was feeding them along side a host of other regularly colored mallards, gulls, and some pigeons.  A little research makes me wonder if they are showing eclipse plumage?

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Welcome to Whatbird! The curled tail feathers are a giveaway for Mallard, and the strange colors make it domestic.  Wild male Mallards are in eclipse plumage in summer, and they look a lot like female Mallards then.  ( I know nothing about how Mallards with domestic ancestry molt.)

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