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American Black Duck or Mottled Duck?

Old 01-21-2007, 03:36 PM
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i shot a duck that i beleive may be a true black duck and not justt a mottled duck like we usually kill down here in texas. I was not able to upload a picture onto the thread but if you think you could help me identify the duck i would really appreciate it. If you would leave you email address i will send you a picture. Thank You
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Old 01-21-2007, 04:16 PM
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Old 01-21-2007, 08:31 PM
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What color are the feet?


What color is the speculum (patch on the wing) and how are the colors oriented?


What does the underside of the wing look like, brown in the feathers?


How about that beak? And what is the OAL of the bird?
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Old 01-23-2007, 10:47 AM
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Easiest way is to see if there is a thin white border on the bottom edge of the speculum. Black ducks have no white around the speculum, and the mottled ducks have a thin white border on the bottom edge. Mottled also have a black border where the bill meets the head.
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