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What kind of duck is this?

Asked by simone54 (7616points) January 5th, 2012

I am trying to figure out what kind of duck this is. Someone dropped him off at our pond. He was their pet. I have looked in books and online but I can’t find a duck like this.

He very large in comparison to the to the mallards.

He is mostly black, although some of his feathers appear with a tint of green in bright sunlight.

He has white on his wing tips and some white spots his chest.

His bill is grey.

His legs are mostly orange but the webs of his feet are black.

He makes the same, but louder, noise as of a male Mallard.

Any clues? I think he might be a hybrid of mallard and something else. Maybe a mallard/muscovy?

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syz's avatar

Did you check out the American black duck? (This site seems to suggest that anything with white on it is going to be a domestic duck.)

simone54's avatar

No, I know American Black Ducks. Despite there name they’re not really black.

Coloma's avatar

He might be a hybrid, yes, I’d say a muscovey cross or a Cayuga. Wild/domestic crossbred waterfowl are fairly common.

Coloma's avatar

Look up the Cayuga, it is also possible it is a pure Cayuga which was dumped.
Big clue…domestic ducks and geese do not fly and migrate, at all. They may get a little lift and coast and flap a short distance but they do not attain any true flight.
If it is a resident year round most likely it is a domestic or domestic crossbred that is too heavy to fly.

simone54's avatar

Thanks you so much. It is indeed a Cayuga. I was looking up wild ducks. I didn’t think to look up domestics.

Coloma's avatar

@simone54 Yay! I have pet chinese geese and am pretty good with goose and duck issues. :-)

Coloma's avatar

Maybe you can feed him at the pond. If it is very cold they really need grain.
If you live where there is a lot of snow and ice domestics don’t do very well being dumped.
It is really cruel to dump domestic waterfowl, they cannot just fly off to find better food sources and often starve when there is no grass or seeds or insects to forage for in winter.
They can only walk and they are not designed to travel long distances on foot looking for food.

simone54's avatar

Haha nice. We also have Chinese geese. Black Duck has just recently become friends the geese. I have spotted them taking naps together. Today, for the first time ever, Black Duck came over to me and ate while I was feeding the geese their scratch (thats how I was finally able to get some photos).

We live on a pond just outside San Diego. We’re already through the coldest part of the winter. Black Duck has a lot friends and food here. It was very fortunate for him to dropped off here. He got very lucky.

Coloma's avatar


That’s great! I love my geezers, my gander is 14 this year, I rasied him form a little gosling and his mate is his second wife that is 6 years old. I’m in the Sierra foothills and we get some snow and very cold temps. I used to live in San Diego in my 20’s. Many moons ago now. lol

simone54's avatar

That’s awesome. We had two that we raised from goslings but they got killed my predators. Our friend gave us some more. They’re great but it’s not the same. We’re gonna try again this year. We’re building an island for them to go on at night.

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