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Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) User: Brian Morin  (See all photos - 1046)
Canada (Ontario) Cornwall - Yes, you read that right. This is a female bird with male characteristics, notably part of the head, breast and tail. Its wonky genes have produced an interesting new look. Apparently this bird has been seen in recent winters here.
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Date: January 7, 2018
Details: Male, Female, Adult
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Cornwall - Yes, you read that right. This is a female bird with male characteristics, notably part of the head, breast and tail. Its wonky genes have produced an interesting new look. Apparently this bird has been seen in recent winters here.
· Date: January 7, 2018 · Views: 199
· Dimensions: 800 x 533 ·
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Sue
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January 7, 2018 23:05

Lovely though,Brian.
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Chris

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January 7, 2018 23:35

Our first ‘transgender’ upload?
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Brian Morin
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January 8, 2018 02:50

Yes she is.
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Brian Morin
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January 8, 2018 02:52

It takes all kinds
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Chris

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January 8, 2018 04:20

Does that in any way resemble an “eclipse” male?
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Brian Morin
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January 8, 2018 06:48

A bit but eclipse lasts a short time following the breeding season. The male's bill is yellow. Head feathers look scruffy and tattered at this time. Breast feathers while similar colour look mottled. This duck looks very 'clean'. I never saw it fly so I can't speculate on the look of the wing.
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lou_dav
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January 14, 2018 23:40

Very interesting, was it captured to determine its gender? Or was it seen laying eggs?
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Brian Morin
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January 15, 2018 04:04

No luck with the eggs of course nor was it captured. The overall features are female with male accents you might say. Apparently this type of manifestation, while pretty rare is not unique to this individual. Other females have been recorded but few and far between.
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