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Old Oct 19, 2004, 5:37 PM   #1
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Looks like a mallard but the neck and head is brown with brown edging on body feathers.
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Old Oct 20, 2004, 4:27 PM   #2
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That mark on the bill is also telling.
I don't know what it is, but it might also help with the ID.

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Old Oct 20, 2004, 5:23 PM   #3
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I tried to id this one also. And failed.

You got me on this one Suzan. Would you like me to post this shot on birdforum.net for an id request, Suzan? Or would you like to do it yourself (www.birdforum.net)?
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Be my guest Geoff. A friend of my is a duck person and he told me mallards will breed anything and I'm wondering if this is some kind of cross. Anyway keep me posted.



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Old Oct 21, 2004, 7:28 AM   #5
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A mallard cross had occurred to me too. The question is... a cross with what? I'll post an id request up at birdforum right now.
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Old Oct 22, 2004, 12:19 AM   #6
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Suzan, I posted the picture on birdforum.net and got back some replies. Basically, it seems the consensus is that this is a domesticated bird that was originated from some mallard stock. This variety is called a Khaki Campbell (I know - wacky name) and there is a web page about it at:

http://www.ashtonwaterfowl.net/khaki_campbell.htm
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Geoff, Thanks for the info and forthe insight. I've only seen 2 of these guys one in Santa Cruz and one in Moss Landing. The one in Santa Cruz seems to be a year round resident. Interesting looking duck and really good to know where it came from (that somebody actually bred them intentionally to look this way). Khaki Campbell. I like it.

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