Best Answer Rubens Alarcon , 2 weeks ago
I sent a message to Ducks Unlimited (http://www.ducks.ca/) and to a specialist at the Cornell Lab Bird Academy (https://academy.allaboutbirds.org/). Their replies might be of interest to other people in the forum. And I was hoping I had shot a few "rare" ducks...
These are all domestic, or “pet” Mallard ducks. The paler ones have been bred for the pale tones. They were bred in captivity and then released at the park. They’re not wild birds. In the poultry trade the paler ducks are known as the breed “fawn.”
The very common “Blonde Park Mallard” (google that phrase and you’ll see the same bird!).
I my opinion, these are domestic ducks that have either escaped someone’s collection, or have been released at the park. They are not a weird colour phase of wild ducks. Breeds of domestic mallards can be coloured like wild mallards, can have a big tuft of feathers on the head of an otherwise normal looking mallard, or a big white bib with normal mallard plumage, can be blonde, or darker brown, can be iridescent black, be mottled black and white. Here’s a link that shows and explains more: http://www.10000bird...dd-mallards.htmGo to the full post