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17-FEB-2009

0445 American Wigeon x Mallard

Col. Sam Smith Park, Toronto

Anas americana x Anas platyrhynchos hybrid

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Guest 21-Mar-2014 01:56
This bird is still returning to the area as I photographed the exact same bird at Cliff Lumsden Park on Feb 25, 2014. Cliff Lumsden Park is only 3 or 4 city blocks to the east of Colonel Sam Smith Park for those interested.
Sam Burckhardt 15-Feb-2010 22:42
Your image shows a Mallard x American Wigeon hybrid. The tail is right for a Wigeon drake, and the head and bill have many features of a Wigeon drake.
Guest 31-Jul-2009 11:10
This is in fact a hybrid American wigeon x Mallard.

there is no white neck ring as in all mallard x pintail
but the typical pale ear spot of wigeon x mallard and an all blue bill without any black on culmen , only black nail.

Tertial pattern and shape also wrong for Pintail x Mallard, but correct for wigeon x Mallard.
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